PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The 25-year-old victim of a June 17 murder in Providence was a member of a Boston gang in an ongoing feud with another of that city’s gangs, according to a new police affidavit filed in Providence District Court.
The connection between the suspects and victim had not previously been disclosed.
According to the affidavit, the two rival gangs “have been involved in an ongoing feud, in the city of Boston, which has resulted in incidents of violence to include shootings and homicides of both factions.”
The affidavit does not mention any specific issues between Sanders and the men charged in his murder. Sanders was wanted in connection with a shots-fired incident in New Bedford at the time of his death.
Rashawn Banks, 27, is the man suspected of pulling the trigger. He was arraigned in Providence District Court on Monday after being captured by Boston Police last week. According to the affidavit, Boston detectives recognized him from surveillance video of the shooting in Providence and were able to identify him as the suspect.
Banks was captured by Boston Police and sent back to Providence, where he was charged Monday with murder, possession of a firearm, conspiracy, discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence and carrying a firearm while committing a crime of violence.
Suspects don’t enter pleas on felony charges in district court. The case will be referred to a grand jury. Banks is being held without bail until a bail hearing on July 23.
Two other men, George Webb and Anthony Sharpe, have also been charged with murder in the case. Police said they conspired with Banks and others to kill Sanders. Police are still looking for at least two other suspects.
According to the affidavit written by a Providence detective, surveillance video from a nightclub and other businesses showed the suspects chasing Sanders, with one man in front wearing red pants. The suspect in the red pants, later identified as Banks, fired multiple gunshots into Sanders’ car as he attempted to climb in.
Detectives in Boston were able to identify Banks from the surveillance video. An arrest warrant was issued on June 25.
According to a Boston Police report, officers spotted Banks walking on Kendall Street on Thursday, July 5 and recognized him as the man wanted for the murder. He was arrested and arraigned for being a fugitive from justice before being sent back to Rhode Island.
According to a spokesperson for the Suffolk County DA’s office, Banks has a criminal history that includes assault and battery on a police officer, firearms charges, and drug offenses. He was charged with possessing a stolen vehicle on June 14, but the case was dropped in order to expedite his return to Rhode Island to be charged with murder.
Sanders was from New Bedford, according to police. His family told Eyewitness News he was a father of two.