York City man indicted on drug, firearms charges

A York City man police considered "armed and dangerous" following a burglary in West York last year faces federal charges, according to officials.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release Thursday, April 19, that Eric Theady Banks, 38, was indicted by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking and firearms charges Wednesday, April 18.

Banks' indictment alleges that he was found with heroin, cocaine, three pistols and a shotgun while in York City on Jan. 19.

Eric Banks

The investigation was handled by the FBI and the York County Drug Task Force.

At the time of Banks' arrest, the York County District Attorney's Office said Banks was found at his home in the 1100 block of East King Street that day with the drugs and the weapons. 

Robert D. Maresch, 38, who lived there as well, was arrested and charged. 

The DA's office, which oversees the task force, said two of the handguns were reported stolen out of Lancaster County.

Three pistols and a shotgun were seized after officials obtained a search warrant for Eric Bank's home on Jan. 19, 2018, according to officials. Photo courtesy of the York County District Attorney's Office.

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Because of Banks' criminal history, he is not allowed to have a firearm, officials said.

Banks was charged locally with prohibited possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property and drug possession with intent to deliver.

His local case remains active, according to court records. He is scheduled to be formally arraigned on May 11.


Burglary: According to West York Police, Banks entered a West York home, showed a handgun and fired three shots as he left the area in his vehicle Nov. 18.

For that case, he was charged with burglary, carrying a firearm without a license, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Banks remains in York County Prison in lieu of $300,000 bail, according to court records.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.