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Robbery suspects behind bars, Family of man shot calls it Christmas miracle

Published: Dec. 16, 2015 at 10:24 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 31, 2016 at 12:50 AM EST
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Thelma Bryant (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Thelma Bryant (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Nidal Aibed (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Nidal Aibed (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Mack Matthews (Source: LMDC)
Mack Matthews (Source: LMDC)
Anthony Ball (Source: LMDC)
Anthony Ball (Source: LMDC)
Donte Harris (Source: LMDC)
Donte Harris (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The family of a Louisville father of six who's still recovering from being shot during a store robbery in October got a welcome call late Tuesday night. 

Louisville Metro Police Department Detectives were on the phone with the news they arrested the men they believe were responsible. They also said the men are behind a string of armed hold-ups in the Louisville area including two recent robberies over the Dec. 12 weekend.

Now, the suspects are in jail and the victim's family said that is the best Christmas present they could ever get.

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Wednesday afternoon, a hug was shared by two people who love David Bryant - his mother and his boss. It comes after they talked with robbery detectives.

"I was thrilled," David Bryant's mother, Thelma Bryant, said. "I was thrilled to death."

His boss and 7th Street Market owner Nidal Aibed said the worst day of his life was when David Bryant was shot but said, "Today is the happiest day of my life."

An arrest was finally made after Bryant, who works as a clerk at the market, was shot in the neck during a robbery on Oct. 30.

David Bryant, who surgeons thought died on the operating table, has been in the hospital and rehab learning how to eat and talk again.

Thelma Bryant said, "I talked to him this morning about them catching the men that did it."

Police said those men are Mack Matthews, 29, and the man they believe pulled the trigger, Anthony Ball, 48. Both are charged with attempted murder and several counts of robbery in the case.

Police said Matthews, Ball and a third man, Donte Harris, 28, were involved in a string of robberies dating to September, including two last weekend at stores on Warnock Street and Poplar Level Road.

"When these guys go to court, I'm going to be at every court date," David Bryant's sister, Margie Sanders, said of the suspects. "I'm not going to miss one."

Police said they received a tip after making the store surveillance video public.

Thelma Bryant said of the tipster, "I was praying someone would step-up."

Aibed said of his injured employee, "He is the best guy I know, just anything he can do for you he would."

Loved in the community, people keep giving to a donation jar at the store to help David Bryant.

His friend Marty Keck said the 44-year-old father of six has one wish for the holidays, "The only thing this man is concerned about is taking this money and getting Christmas gifts for his kids."

Thelma Bryant said even though her son won't get to come home for the holiday, he is recovering and those responsible are behind bars. She called it a Christmas miracle.

"This makes it all better, makes it all better," she said of the arrest.

In addition to the attempted murder charges for Matthews and Ball, Matthews is facing nine robbery counts, Ball is facing five robbery counts and Harris is facing two robbery counts.

Police said the men stayed in the same home and used pistols and revolvers in the holdups. A stolen gun was recovered.

More charges could be coming as police in New Albany and Jeffersonville told LMPD, the three men are also being looked at as suspects there.

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