Charlotte teen’s third arrest in 2 years is for a robbery and murder, police say

A teen has been charged with murder in the Tuesday shooting in northwest Charlotte.
A teen has been charged with murder in the Tuesday shooting in northwest Charlotte.

Detectives have charged a Charlotte teen in the killing of Derrick Lee Banner, who was found shot in a vehicle early Tuesday.

Montavious Sanchez Berry, 18, was arrested late Tuesday and is being charged with murder, armed robbery and shooting into an occupied vehicle, said a statement issued by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

It’s his third arrest in the past two years in Mecklenburg County, including an arrest last month on charges of possession of marijuana paraphernalia, resisting an officer and possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage on government property. A trial is pending. He was charged with marijuana possession and possession with intent to distribute in 2016. Those charges were dismissed by the court.

Police found Banner, 26, dead in a vehicle around 3 a.m. Tuesday, during the wind and rain associated with Tropical Storm Irma. It happened in northwest Charlotte in the 1400 block of Rosetta Street, not far from the Northwest School of the Arts. It was Charlotte’s 64th homicide of the year.

It’s at least the fourth time this year that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have investigated a homicide that happened while someone was sitting in a vehicle.

This is an ongoing, active investigation. As further information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a homicide unit detective. Detective Jones is the lead detective assigned to the case. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.