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February 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM

6th person charged with allegedly helping trooper's killer

Kitsap County prosecutors today charged a 43-year-old man for allegedly helping Joshua Jearl Blake, 28, in the hours after he killed 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 morning. All six are being held in Kitsap County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

According to the certification of probable cause, Banks lived at the residence on Scofield Road where Blake and his ex-girlfriend, Jessi L. Foster, hid as they attempted to find a ride for Blake from the area.

Banks told investigators that 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 over 30 calls during the approximately four hours Blake was there. Banks allegedly told investigators he just “wanted them gone,” according to the documents.

Blake shot himself in the head as SWAT teams surrounded the home. He died at a Tacoma hospital several hours later.

Radulesco was fatally shot after he pulled Blake over on Highway 16 near Gorst shortly before 1 a.m. on Thursday,  according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators say Blake told his 18-year-old passenger, Megan Mollet,  to roll down the window and turn her head before he shot Radulescu.

A procession and memorial service for Radulesco will be held Thursday. For details about the procession route, click here.

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