Arrested in Danville: Justin Fernando Merritt Wiki, Biography, Age
Justin Fernando Merritt was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing an SUV belonging to a missing North Carolina man who was trying to sell it before he disappeared.
Justin Fernando Merritt, 34, was arrested in Danville, Va., and charged with robbery, larceny of motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, WWAY-TV reported.
Authorities said the 2011 Silver Range Rover Sport was found Monday in Danville. The owner of the truck, 39-year-old William Anderson Banks Jr., was not in the vehicle. It was not clear that Merritt and Banks met before Banks disappeared.
Banks recently posted an ad on Craigslist to sell the SUV, a friend told authorities. He was supposed to show the car on Saturday to someone who would see the ad online. A friend called 911 when Banks failed to show up at his apartment that same day, WTVD-TV reported.
“I can see from your text messages that you last checked your phone at 1:42 p.m.,” the unidentified caller told authorities, according to the news station. “He hasn’t looked at his phone since. His battery’s on and he’s ringing and all.”
The caller said they hadn’t heard from Banks for five or six hours, and decided to call 911. Authorities are continuing to search for Banks.