Defense Attorney ID’d as Suspect in Armed Robbery

( – An Arkansas defense attorney could soon get the opportunity to see the courtroom from a different angle. Chad Green is currently in the hospital after being shot during an attempted bank robbery — and he’s been identified as a suspect.

Around 8 a.m. on April 24, a Loomis armored truck was parked by the ATM outside the Bank of America branch on Geyer Springs Road, Little Rock, when a man approached it and sprayed the driver with mace. The driver responded by shooting the assailant multiple times; he fell to the ground but then got up, climbed on his bike, and rode off.

Shortly after, Green called 911 and reported that he’d been shot. When police responded they found Green in his car, stopped on Interstate 430 and blocking traffic. He was taken to the hospital for emergency treatment and is now apparently stable.

The next day, police identified Green as the suspect in the attempted robbery. Samantha Boyd, a reporter with Fox 16 and local NBC affiliate KARK-TV, said she’d spoken to people who know Green; they say this “was out of character” and raised concerns about his mental state before the crime.

Green, a central Arkansas native, was a highly-rated attorney before he allegedly decided to try his hand at armed robbery. A graduate of Washington University School of Law in St Louis where he was on the dean’s list, he was named as one of the Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Stars, a list of the top 5% of attorneys in the mid-South. The National Trial Lawyers, a professional association for courtroom attorneys, selected him as one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 in Arkansas. The website of his firm, Green & Gillespie, says he specializes in criminal defense, personal injury, traffic accidents, and divorce.

With so many acolades, it will be interesting to follow the story and learn what really happened and why Green would be motivated to involve himself in such a crime. We’ll bring you more insight as it continues to unfold.

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