Two sentenced for 2017 home invasion in Sparks

Banks (l) and Smith-Harper (r) mugshots courtesy Washoe County jail
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Two people have been sentenced to prison for a home invasion robbery involving a stolen firearm.

21-year-old Kayshawn Dwayne Smith-Harper and 22-year-old Raymond Jalil Banks were found guilty on charges of Burglary, Grand Larceny, Possession of Stolen Property, Home Invasion While in Possession of a Firearm, Burglary While in Possession of a Firearm, Attempted Grand Larceny of a Firearm and Robbery with Use of a Firearm. Banks was also convicted on charges of Assault with Use of a Deadly Weapon, Obtain or Possess Credit or Debit Card without Cardholder’s Consent and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Banks has been sentenced to 27 years in prison and must serve a minimum of ten years before being eligible for parole. Smith-Harper was sentenced to 25 years in prison and must serve a minimum of nine years.

November 30, 2017, Sparks Police responded to a call from a resident who reported he had arrived home and found someone was inside, burglarizing the home. The homeowner told police he was confronted by four black males who were loading his gun safe into their car, leading to one of the men pointing a gun at him. He said the burglars left the safe and drove off, hitting his car in the process.

Police found the getaway car in the area of Sparks Boulevard and Baring Boulevard. When the car crashed into a tow truck, all four people left the car and ran, leading Sparks Police on a foot chase. Officers found Banks and Smith-Harper, along with a gun that was later identified as stolen; it was the same weapon Banks used to threaten the homeowner.

Police determined a neighbor’s home had also been burglarized that day, and stolen property from both burglaries was found in the crashed car. Detectives also found Banks was carrying the homeowner’s stolen credit card. The two other burglars were never found.