Kitsap County prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 43-year-old man for allegedly helping Josh Blake in the hours after he killed Washington State Patrol trooper Tony Radulescu last week.
Steven M. Banks is the sixth person to be charged with rendering criminal assistance in the wake of the trooper’s death early Thursday. All six are being held in Kitsap County Jail on $500,000 bail each.
According to the certification of probable cause, Banks lived at the residence on Scofield Road where Blake, 28, and his ex-girlfriend, Jessi L. Foster, 32, hid as they tried to find a ride for Blake.
Banks told investigators he had not invited Blake or Foster to his home and that he suspected Blake was wanted by police, court documents say. However, prosecutors say he placed more than 30 calls while Blake was there.
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Banks told investigators he just “wanted them gone,” the documents say.
Blake shot himself in the head as SWAT teams surrounded the home. He died at Tacoma General Hospital several hours later.
Radulesco was fatally shot after he pulled Blake over on state Route 16 near Gorst shortly before 1 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office. His 18-year-old passenger, Megan Mollet, has also been charged with rendering criminal assistance.