Fugitive Nabbed During West Hartford Traffic Stop Held on $1 Million | NBC Connecticut

Fugitive Nabbed During West Hartford Traffic Stop Held on $1 Million

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    Rafael Vasquez, 21, of Hartford.

    A fugitive from Philadelphia who's wanted on attempted murder charges is being held on just over $1 million bond.

    West Hartford police arrested Rafael Vasquez, 21, of Hartford, on Wednesday morning when police pulled his car over for a traffic violation. Vasquez,was in the passenger seat and there was a a BB gun, which looked like a real gun, in the car, police said.

    As officers looked Vasquez up, they learned of the attempted murder charge. He was charged with fugitive from justice, arrest without warrant for the Philadelphia extraditable warrant. The Philly charges include attempted murder, aggravated assault by knife, criminal conspiracy, possession of instrument of crime and reckless endangerment of persons.

    Vasquez appeared in court later on Wednesday morning and waived extradition. His next court date is set for Jan. 21, but authorities in Philly are ready to come get him and the case could be moved up.

    The driver, Edwin Torres, 29, of Hartford, was charged with misuse of plates and operating an unregistered motor vehicle by misdemeanor summons.