A Baltimore police officer is charged with the dead of his teen stepson after he’s found dead in the attic.
Dasan Jones, 15, is believed to be murdered by his stepfather, officer Eric Banks Jr., 34. Jones’ mother called Anne Arundel County police when she was unable to reach her son. She believe he was being held against his will.
According to NBC News, Banks let officers into his home and told them Jones left the home. Officers saw a few packed bags by the back door, which Banks said Jones left behind.
After a look through the house, officers noticed a hole in the attic wall covered by a white sheet. Banks said it was his gun safe. Officers looked behind the sheet and found the unresponsive body of Jones.
NBC also says there were bloody clothes found in a dresser.
WBALTV states Banks caused a big scene during his arrest. “First, he asked if he could kiss his kids. Court papers indicate there were two other children in the house. Then according to police, “He grabbed my departmentally issued Glock by the handle and flipped the hood down to my holster in a clear attempt to disarm me. Banks stated multiple times ‘You’re gonna have to end this.'”
After Banks was subdued, he was arrested and charged initially with the assault on the officer and trying to disarm the officer. Later, first and second-degree murder charges were added, as well as child abuse resulting in death.
The initial investigation into Jones’ death revealed his mother has a restraining order from June 25 against Banks for “emotional and mental abuse and that he was stalking her.”
Banks was also suspended from the police department for an unrelated matter according to Baltimore police Commissioner Michael Harrison.
Police are holding Banks without bond and no trial date is set.