Sheriff’s deputies knocked on the door of a Capitol Police officer’s home and asked if he’d seen a fugitive from Tennessee. He might be in Hagerstown, the officer told them. He might be in Tennessee, his wife told them.
Deputies then hid behind trees at a church next door and watched the fugitive emerge in the backyard.
The surveillance led to the arrest in May of K-9 officer Daryl E. Banks and his wife, Dana L. Banks, both 44, at their home in Monrovia, Maryland, on charges of harboring a fugitive wanted on felony drugs in Nashville.
The police accounting describes how officers worked to apprehend Fredy Reyes, 20, of Frederick.
David Moyse, who is representing Daryl Banks, said his client “is innocent and absolutely focused on clearing these charges and getting back to work.”
Moyse said Banks is raising five stepchildren as well as two children of his own who often have friends over. Banks told officers after he was arrested that he had been sleeping while police watched several people come into and out of the home that evening, including the alleged fugitive.
“The mere existence of that person doesn’t mean that Daryl did anything wrong,” Moyse said.
Officers went to Banks’ home and observed a man they thought was Reyes in the backyard pool area as they waited for someone to answer the door, according to arrest records obtained by CQ Roll Call through a Maryland public information request.
When they asked Dana Banks if Reyes was there, she said she believed he was in Tennessee with her daughter, Reyes’ girlfriend, records show.
Daryl Banks volunteered that Reyes might be in Hagerstown, the records show.
Dana Banks, according to police, reiterated the suspect was not at her home after being stopped in her vehicle later that evening. She told police at that time they were “harassing her” while looking for Reyes, the records show.
That night, officers hid in trees at a church next door to the Banks’ home where they said they observed several people on the back deck, including Reyes.
At one point, officers saw another person with Reyes pointing to different areas in the backyard where they believed he was being told where he could flee.
Police closed in on the property and arrested Banks, his wife, and Reyes without incident.
A court date has been scheduled for July 14 in Frederick, according to court records.
Banks remains on administrative leave with pay, a Capitol Police spokeswoman said.