Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Fugitive Killer On The Loose

Minneapolis Police are on the hunt for James A. Banks, the alleged killer in the bold, broad-daylight murder of Marcus White during prime time in North Minneapolis last Thursday. This crime in particular sent a message to Minneapolis residents and the law enforcement community: criminals aren't afraid to conduct their business anywhere, anytime, broad-daylight or not.

The Red Star reports: "Charge filed against fugitive in North Side shootings".

Chao Xiong and Terry Collins, Star Tribune

A 20-year-old Minneapolis man was charged Monday with murdering a man and wounding a woman last week in a daylight shooting on the North Side.
James A. Banks remains a fugitive in the killing of Marcus White, 19, of Minneapolis.

White was shot about 5 p.m. Thursday on Dupont Avenue N. near W. Broadway. A woman, whom one friend identified as the mother of White's nephew, was shot and taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Her injuries were not life-threatening.
With the State Patrol, Guardian Angels, police, and citizen groups acting in concert against crime, why is such brazen violence continuing? One answer, of course, is that criminals don't fear consequences in Minnesota.

Without fear of swift and certain punishment, meaningful sentences, and an uncomfortable prison existence, there is little incentive for these rats to join civilized society.

Let's catch this criminal forthwith and take one more step towards cleaning up our state.

Banks is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree assault. Police ask that anyone with information about the shooting call the tips line at 612-692-8477.