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Fugitive Couple Arrested In Washington State After Police Pursuit In Stolen Car

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A married couple wanted in the attempted murder of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy has been taken into custody Wednesday following a police pursuit in Washington state.

Darnell Washington, 24, and his wife, 25-year-old Tania Washington, were arrested Wednesday morning near Seattle.

SeaTac Police said they first took note of the couple because they were in a stolen car registered to  a murdered Northern California woman.

Nicole Nishida of the LA County Sheriff’s Department told CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Serene Branson that “multiple agencies were looking for the couple. They were armed and dangerous.”

Nishida added, “It’s a great day that we caught these suspects.”

Washington had escaped from Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in San Bernardino County in August with the help of his wife, authorities said. A few days later, the couple was named as the suspects in a deputy-involved shooting in El Monte.

The deputy suffered a non-life threatening wound and was released the same day.

They also accuse the couple of at least two carjackings.

SeaTac police officers ran the license plate of a blue Subaru station wagon Wednesday about 9 a.m. and discovered it was stolen, King County officials said. When the officer tried to stop the couple, they took off, ramming the officer’s car as they sped away, according to a statement.

Police officers were able to box the suspects in at one point. Tania Washington jumped into the back seat, and her husband got into the driver’s seat and repeatedly rammed the police cars in an attempt to escape, officials said.

When Darnell Washington could no longer move his car, he and his wife were ordered out at gunpoint, police said.

The Subaru was registered to a 55-year-old woman who was found stabbed to death in her home in the city of Hercules, near San Francisco. The couple has not been named as suspects in that murder, but Hercules Police officials say they plan to interview the pair about the crime and why they were in the victim’s stolen car.

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»Search Continues For Couple Accused In Attempted Murder Of Deputy
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