January 7th, 2006 10:24 EST
23-year-old Ft. Pierce, Fla. man arrested as 2nd suspect in 2005 homicide
By Matthew Kent
A 23-year-old Ft. Pierce, Fla. man has been taken into custody as the second suspect in a 2005 homicide investigation, police said Friday. The suspect, Laterrance Jermaine Banks, was arrested Friday by the Ft. Pierce Police Department involving the death of Travaris Davis last year. He was charged with being an accessory after the fact in Davis’ death.
Another man, Carlos Bradwell, 19, of 109 Tropical Court is also in custody on an unrelated charge at the St. Lucie County Jail. Police said they recovered a .45-caliber handgun at his home.
Travaris Davis was found laying in the yard of Edgewood Terrace Apartments in April after being shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene upon police arrival. Ft. Pierce Police Detective Sandra Larkins made the arrest of Banks after receiving information from Davis’ mother and aunt that they knew who killed Davis.
Tangela Davis, the mother of Travaris, stated to Larkins on Nov. 1 that an unidentified young black male was on the scene when her son was killed.
The witness, only identified as a “concerned citizen,” according to police reports, said he saw what happened the night Travaris was killed after receiving a ride home from Tangela.
The witness stated to police that he saw Laterrance Banks, also known as “Putt,” and Carlos Bradwell, known as “Rico,” drinking near Avenue J. He said he saw another man, identified as Johnny Daniels, drive up to Bradwell, but didn’t hear what transpired. The victim walking down the street and heard Bradwell say, ‘I got to make that money,’ but was told there was nothing he could do because he had a gun, the witness said.
In addition, it was reported that Bradwell was running towards the direction of where Davis was walking and then hearing three shots. He also said he heard Banks say, ‘Hurry up, man, get in the car.” Banks drove Bradwell away from the area as the incident occurred, police say, as Bradwell was seen with a .45 caliber handgun.
The next day, according to police reports, Johnny Daniels was stopped for driving without a license. In the passenger seat of the vehicle was Bradwell. Both men were taken to the Ft. Pierce Police Department for questioning related to the homicide in which Bradwell stated that Daniels called him that morning and asked him to do something for him. He also said that Daniels would pay him “three o’s (three ounces).”
On Nov. 3, Detective Larkins spoke to Laterrance Banks at the St. Lucie County Jail regarding his involvement with the homicide and was told that Banks didn’t know anything about it. Tangela Davis’ brother, Kevin Davls, was also incarcerated with Bradwell and was told that his family would pay Kevin and his family “to get the police off his back,” police say.
A second witness, also unidentified, entered the Ft. Pierce Police Department on Nov. 21 and stated, “We were standing outside my apartment, then I went inside my bedroom with my girlfriend. I heard the shots, then I looked outside and saw Rico with a .45-cal. gun in his hand.”
The witness also said he heard Banks say, ‘Get in the car nigga, get in the car.’ He reportedly saw Banks and Bradwell drive off in Bradwell’s girlfriend’s car and in addition, he said he knows Bradwell got paid $2,000.Both Bradwell and Banks are currently being held in the St. Lucie County Jail.