Couple arrested after alleged crime spree

Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:53 PM
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SEATTLE, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A California couple were arrested near Seattle for an alleged crime spree, involving a murder, an attempted murder, carjackings and a jailbreak, officials said.

Darnell Washington, 24, and his wife, Tania Washington, 25, were arrested Wednesday in the Seattle suburb of SeaTac, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"The couple was driving a stolen vehicle taken during a home invasion robbery-murder" in Hercules, Calif., wrote Lt. Wes Sutton, supervisor of Los Angeles County Sheriff's homicide detectives, in an email. "Homicide Bureau investigators will be responding to Washington."

The Washingtons were wanted for the attempted murder of Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy John Marquez Sept. 2, and the slaying of Susie Ko, a retired teacher who was found stabbed to death in her home in Hercules earlier this month, as well as the theft of several vehicles and Darnell Washington's escape from jail on Aug. 28, officials said.

On Aug. 28, Darnell Washington, allegedly with help from his wife, broke out of San Bernardino County's Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore where he was awaiting sentencing for robbery and receiving stolen property.

Then on Sept. 2, Marquez confronted the couple as they were leaving a South El Monte 7-Eleven about a white Ford Explorer they were driving that was connected with a robbery. Darnell Washington allegedly shot at Marquez with a shotgun. A gunfight ensued during which Marquez was wounded in the arm.

On Oct. 5, Ko's body was found in her home. She had been stabbed to death. When the Washingtons were arrested Wednesday, they were driving Ko's blue Subaru station wagon.

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