Three Connecticut men charged with car theft after traffic stop on I-95 in Harford County

Three Connecticut men were charged in Harford County Tuesday after state police stopped them in a suspected stolen car. The three remain in jail pending the posting of bail set by a judge Wednesday.

Around 2:57 a.m. Tuesday, Trooper Steven Harten with Maryland State Police JFK Barrack stopped a car on I-95 between the Aberdeen and Havre de Grace exits.

Joshua Chavez, 21, of Connecticut, was behind the wheel. He and his two passengers, Kyle and Tayvon Banks, were arrested and charged when police learned the vehicle had been reported stolen.

"He was a passenger in this vehicle that is reportedly stolen out of Connecticut," Assistant Public Defender Michael Ambridge said of Kyle Banks during a bail review hearing Wednesday afternoon in Harford County District Court in Bel Air.

Because both Kyle Banks and Tayvon Banks were passengers in the car, Ambridge asked for reductions in their respective bails.

Ambridge added that Tayvon Banks has no previous convictions.

But Assistant Harford County State's Attorney Jen Bober said none of the three men have ties to Maryland or to Harford County and are extreme flight risks.

Bober also said that while Tayvon Banks may not have any convictions on his record, he does have two pending cases for assault and drug-related charges. She asked that Tayvon Banks be held without bail based on the pending charges and requested an increase in bail for Kyle Banks.

Harford District Court Judge Mimi R. Cooper ordered Kyle Banks' bail increased from $7,500 to $10,000 and Tayvon Banks' bail increased from $7,500 to $20,000.

Ambridge, the public defender, also said Chavez, the driver, has pending cases in Connecticut, but no prior convictions and has promised to return to Maryland for his court date.

Bober said Chavez has three cases pending, all involving his girlfriend. She also said Chavez's claim that he will live with that same girlfriend in Waterport, Conn., if released would be impossible because there is an active protection order requiring he have no contact with her.

Bober said that while charging documents do not state the car belonged to Chavez's girlfriend, the car was reported stolen from the same area where his girlfriend lives.

Cooper raised Chavez's bail from $7,500 to $20,000 and ordered he have no contact with his girlfriend as a condition of release.

Joshua Chavez, 21, of the first block of Horseshoe Drive in Waterbury, Conn., was charged with theft between $10,000 and $100,000, failure to display license on demand, driving while his out of state license was suspended, driving without required license and authorization and speeding.

Tayvon Michael Banks, 24, of the 100 block of Hillside Avenue in Waterbury, Conn., was charged with theft between $10,000 and $100,000.

Kyle Y. Banks Jr., 19, of the 300 block of East Avenue in Bridgeport, Conn., was charged with theft between $10,000 and $100,000 and possession of marijuana.

All three remained jailed at the Harford County Detention Center Wednesday evening.

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