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October 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Couple wanted in slaying, interstate crime spree arrested in SeaTac

A suspect wanted for attempted murder repeatedly rammed Sea-Tac police cars that had boxed him in during an unsuccessful effort to escape. (King County Sheriff’s Office photo)

A couple suspected in the attempted murder of a Southern California police officer last month were arrested by SeaTac police this morning.

According to the King County Sheriff’s Office, which handles police services in SeaTac, an officer spotted the 24-year-old man and 25-year-old woman around  9 a.m. in the 18800 block of 32nd Avenue South. The SeaTac officer tried to stop the couple’s blue Subaru station wagon after a check of their license plate  indicated the vehicle had been stolen, but the female driver sped off – ramming the officer’s car.

SeaTac police chased the Subaru and “boxed in” the vehicle near South 188th Street and Pacific Highway South. The woman jumped into the backseat and the man got into the driver’s seat, sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West said. The male kept ramming police cars in an attempt to escape until the couple were ordered out of the car at gunpoint, West said.

The man is suspected of escaping from the San Bernardino County, Calif., jail on Aug. 28, with the help of the woman – who deputies say is his wife. After the jailbreak, the couple “went on a crime spree,” West said.

The Sun newspaper in San Bernardino named the couple as Darnell and Tania Washington. Authorities there have recorded jail phone calls of Darnell Washington advising his wife where to park outside the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center to help him escape.

The 24-year-old man is suspected of attempted murder in the wounding of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in South El Monte on Sept. 2.

The couple could also be linked with the stabbing death of a 55-year-old woman in Hercules, Calif. On Oct. 5. Authorities said that the woman’s blue Subaru station wagon was stolen after she was killed. It was the same vehicle the fugitive couple was driving this morning, West said.

SeaTac police found a shotgun inside the Subaru.

Hercules police have not officially named the couple as suspects in the woman’s slaying.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the couple in several other crimes, including carjacking and robbery, on their drive from Southern California to Northern California. SeaTac police will work with police across Oregon and Washington to see if the couple committed any other crimes, West said.

The suspects have been booked into the King County Jail.

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