A Roanoke Rapids man was charged this morning in an August 5 domestic shooting as well as an unrelated shooting which occurred August 8.
In addition to the charges related to the two shootings, Ramone Catrell Banks, 39, faces drug charges following an early morning execution of two search warrants, according to Roanoke Rapids police Chief Shane Guyant.
The raid occurred at Adams Circle and on Daniels Street, where Banks was taken into custody.
Information on the shootings had not been previously released, Guyant said, “due to the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation by Sergeant (D.) Newsome.”
Information was received that Banks would be either at the Adams Circle location or the Daniels Street location.
In their search of the Daniels Street location, officers seized 14 grams of cocaine and a pistol.
The search of the Adams Circle location provided supportive information in the August 5 shooting in which a female victim was shot and moved from one location to another. The victim is recovering from the injuries she sustained.
For that shooting Banks faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, second-degree kidnapping, assault on a female, communicating threats and possession of a firearm by felon.
No one was injured in the August 8 shooting and Banks was charged with going armed to the terror of the public, discharging a firearm in the city limits, communicating threats, and possession of a weapon by a felon.
As a result of the search warrant today, Banks was charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a felon.
According to Halifax County Detention Center records, Banks is being held without the opportunity for bond and has August 15 and August 25 district court dates.
“I commend Sergeant Newsome and the other officers that investigated and participated in today’s search,” Guyant said. “No one was injured and we got our man. It needs to be made clear to everyone you will not terrorize people in this city. There is absolutely no place for this type of behavior in Roanoke Rapids. We will not stand for this type of violence putting our city and its citizens in fear.”
Guyant said he has spoken with District Attorney Kim Scott about these types of crimes. “She assured me of full support from her office, especially with these types of violent cases. She said herself that she was tired of this type of violence happening in this district. I am confident that the hard work of these officers will be rewarded with a successful prosecution.”
Banks has a lengthy criminal history in Halifax County which dates back to 2002.
His history includes the following convictions:
2013: Simple assault
2012: Unauthorized use
2011: Felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana
2010: Simple possession of marijuana
2008: Solicitation of prostitution
2006: Felony possession of cocaine
2006: Assault on a female
2005: Felony possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine
2005: Felony sell and deliver marijuana
2004: Two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia
2002: Second-degree trespass
2002: Communicating threats