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Old 09-17-2020, 05:50 AM
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Default Raleigh WM, 39 disappears after trying to sell 2011 Range Rover; negro found with vehicle

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Case of Raleigh man's disappearance now being investigated as a homicide, police say
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 3:40PM



RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- The disappearance of a Raleigh man from the Cameron Village area is now being investigated as a homicide, the police department announced on Wednesday.

No charges have been filed in the case, but officers said they suspect foul play is involved in Andy Banks' disappearance.

Banks has not been seen or heard from since Saturday when he told friends he was going to the Cameron Village area to meet a man who was interested in buying his SUV.

"Regardless of what state Andy is in, everybody just wants there to be an end to this part of it, to know where he is," friend Cliff Cash said Wednesday. "That really happened pretty fast, so I think that's pretty solid police work and I know the family feels that way."



Banks' family did not comment on the latest developments.

Banks' 2011 Range Rover, which he was trying to sell, was found Monday afternoon in Danville, Virginia. On Tuesday, Justin Fernando Merritt, 34, was arrested and accused of stealing Banks' vehicle.



Merritt was extradited to Raleigh on Wednesday morning. Arrest warrants out of Wake County released on Monday said Merritt used a gun to threaten Banks and steal his SUV.
Banks has still not been located.

A search warrant released by the Danville Police Department shows the case has been considered a homicide investigation since Monday.

It states that Banks' phone was found on the side of a road in North Carolina after he was reported to have met with Merritt.

The warrant shows police searched Merritt's home and found a handgun, three phones, boxes of ammunition and two spent shell casings.

By Wednesday morning, Merritt had been moved to Wake County Detention Center and appeared before a judge later in the afternoon. He is being held on a $2 million secured bond.

In court Wednesday, Merritt heard the charges he's facing: Larceny of a motor vehicle, which carries up to 39 months. Robbery with a dangerous weapon, which carries up to 204 months. He was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, which carries up to 47 months.

"As a decent human being the right thing to do would be for him to help them," Cash said. "But I don't know if he's a person who's particularly worried about doing the right thing."

Merritt has only been charged in connection to stealing Banks' SUV. He has not even been named as a suspect in the homicide.
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Old 09-18-2020, 05:46 AM
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Man charged with murder after body believed to be missing North Carolina man found in Pittsylvania County
Andy Banks last seen on Saturday

Updated: September 18, 2020, 12:22 am

CHATHAM, Va. – Authorities charged a man with murder in connection with a homicide investigation after they found a body in Pittsylvania County on Thursday.

The Raleigh Police Department believes the body is William Anderson “Andy” Banks, who has been missing out of North Carolina since Saturday.

34-year-old Justin Merritt is now facing a murder charge.
Authorities arrested him Monday in Danville and originally charged him with robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
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