Columbus men accused of robbing local man at gunpoint

Deontarious Banks is arraigned is Clark County Municipal Court Monday, June 26, 2017. Bill Lackey/Staff
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Deontarious Banks is arraigned is Clark County Municipal Court Monday, June 26, 2017. Bill Lackey/Staff

A pair of men from Columbus are facing multiple charges after allegedly abducting a Springfield man at gunpoint last week.

Deontarious M. Banks, 21, and Tadrick L. Banks, 23, were both arrested in Springfield on Friday.

Deontarious Banks is facing charges of aggravated robbery, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, carrying concealed weapons, having weapons under disability and obstructing official business, according to a police report. Tadrick Banks is also facing charges of aggravated robbery and obstructing official business.

Both were placed in the Clark County Jail and plead not guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court on Monday morning. Deontarious Banks’ bond was set at $50,000, while Tadrick Banks’ bond was set at $25,000.

A woman called 9-1-1 at about 10 a.m. Friday morning and reported that her boyfriend was abducted by two males at gunpoint from a residence in the 1900 block of North Limestone Street. As the male victim walked into the residence, two men with bandanas covering their faces pointed guns at him, the report says.

Deontarious Banks allegedly forced the man into his vehicle, asking for his “stuff” and made him leave the scene. Tadrick Banks followed in a different vehicle. The woman was able to identify the suspects because their bandanas were falling off of their faces, the report says.

Springfield Police Division officers found the victim’s vehicle and made a traffic stop near the intersection of East John Street and Clifton Avenue. Deontarious Banks then left the vehicle with the gun in his hand and began running. After a search, Deontarious Banks was arrested in the 300 block of Lincoln Park Circle, where he was found with a loaded gun in his right front sweat pants pocket.

Deontarious Banks also had an active statewide warrant out of Franklin County for improper handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

Tadrick Banks was never located at the scene earlier in the day, but was arrested later that night in the 1400 block of South Center Street after having fled from police during a traffic stop, according to court records.

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