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Two men jailed in connection with St. Petersburg carjacking

Pinellas County deputies have identified the two men connected Thursday night to a carjacking involving a 91-year-old woman and subsequent chase through south St. Petersburg.

Travonte Brishard Banks, 19, and Savon Jamar Hunter, 20, both of St. Petersburg, have been booked into Pinellas County Jail.

Banks, who deputies say drove the carjacked vehicle, has being held on charges including carjacking, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and threatening a public official after he threatened investigating officers. He is being held on $112,150 bond.

Hunter, the passenger, is charged with two counts of probation violation stemming from a previous arrest on robbery and resisting arrest charges. He has not been charged in connection with the carjacking, but his involvement is still under investigation.

The men were arrested after they abandoned the stolen car and fled on foot.

Deputies say the men used a stolen 2002 silver Dodge Ram 1500 truck, with a Florida tag C887BI, to ram the carjacking victim’s car. The truck was reported stolen on Thursday and has yet to be recovered.

The woman suffered a head injury and minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital. She was later released, police said.

The men were involved in four separate accidents while being pursued in the Venza. In one of the accidents, at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street South and 22nd Avenue South, a man whose vehicle was struck by the Venza was taken to a local hospital after complaining of back pain, police said.

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