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The Today File

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October 13, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Couple arrested in SeaTac suspected in California homicide

The Associated Press

HERCULES, Calif. — Police say a husband and wife arrested this week in SeaTac have been named as suspects in the killing of a retired schoolteacher in the San Francisco suburb of Hercules.

Hercules police spokesman Connie Van Putten says after traveling to Washington and interviewing 24-year-old Darnell Washington and his wife, 25-year-old Tania Washington, detectives believe the two are responsible for the death of Susie Ko.

The 55-year-old Ko was found dead on the floor of her home by neighbors on Oct. 5.

The Washingtons were arrested Wednesday in SeaTac driving a Subaru station wagon taken from Ko’s home.

They were also wanted for an alleged crime spree in Southern California, that included Darnell Washington escaping from a San Bernardino County jail in August, the shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in El Monte and a series of carjackings.

The deputy was wounded in a shootout, but was treated and released from a hospital.

The killing of Ko was the first in Hercules since 2010, and the city has seen only seen five homicides in the past 12 years, Van Putten said.

Charges of murder and auto theft will be presented to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office late next week, Van Putten said.

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