Man accused of posing as girl, luring teenage boys

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 5:16 PM EDT

City police arrested a man and charged him with two counts of kidnapping and one count of sexual battery with a deadly weapon.

  • D'Andre Banks, 25, arrested by St. Petersburg police
  • He is charged with kidnapping, sexual battery
  • Police believe there may be more victims

The incidents involved teenage boys, police said.

D'Andre Banks, 25, was taken into custody.

Police said the first incident happened June 29 when Banks posed as a teenage girl on Facebook and lured a 17-year-old boy to a house. Banks was armed with a handgun and threatened the boy, then sexually assaulted him, authorities said.

Banks is also accused of posing as a teenage girl and luring a 15-year-old boy to a vacant house. The boy escaped unharmed.

That incident happened on July 17.

Police believe there may be more victims.

Anyone with information is asked to call 727-893-7780.