Family of carjacking suspect makes surprise apology

Two men charged with stealing a 91-year old's car

Two men suspected in the carjacking of a 91-year old woman in St. Petersburg made their first appearance in court Friday afternoon.

Travonte Banks, 19, and Savon Hunter, 20, are accused of blocking Beverly Landrey's Toyota Venza and pulling her out of the vehicle at 23rd Avenue North and Seventh Street.  

Banks is charged with carjacking, aggravated fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of multiple crimes and resisting arrest without violence. The judge ordered Banks held on $250,000 bond.

Hunter is charged with two counts of violating probation and resisting arrest. His mother and aunt appeared in court to speak on his behalf.

"I just want to apologize for the car crash that happened yesterday," said Lisa Reed, Hunter's mother. "Understand that my son knows that I love him and I'm here for him."

Hunter's aunt said she spoke to the suspect and that he is remorseful.

"I just want everyone to understand that it was a mistake that was done and we are very, very apologetic," said Kashia Thornton. "If it was our family, we'd be upset, too," Thornton said.

The victim, 91-year old Beverly Landrey, was treated for a head injury after she was thrown to the pavement. She was released and is expected to make a full recovery.

Her caretaker said she went to the St. Petersburg police station to pick up some personal items that were taken into evidence from her car and then returned to her condominium.  

St. Petersburg Police said they are still searching for a silver Dodge pickup truck that investigators believe was used to ram Landrey's crossover car. Officers are also looking into a possibile third suspect involved in the carjacking.

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