Sheriff: One arrested in Prairie Township homicide

PRARIE TOWNSHIP (WCMH) — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says one man is in custody after another man was found dead outside a Mexican restaurant in Prairie Township.

On Saturday morning, deputies responded to a call of a body found outside of the Playa Larga Mexican Restaurant on South Murray Hill Road. According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Victim, Ossgual Yarel Martinez Banda, was shot twice in the upper body. Medics pronounced Banda dead at the scene.

Detectives found evidence that the shooting happened inside the restaurant after it closed. Officers say that the manager of Playa Larga, Sergio Benitez Sanchez, was an acquaintance of Banda. They say it seems Sanchez and Banda had an altercation over money owed to Banda’s girlfriend. Deputies say Sanchez fled the scene after the shooting.

Deputies arrested Sanchez on Sunday. He is charged with murder and is currently being held in the Franklin County Jail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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