Black 'Bonnie and Clyde'? Washington couple arrested after alleged crime spree
Hercules police raced to Washington state on Wednesday to interview two suspects who allegedly broke out of jail, shot at a Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy and now may be connected to the violent stabbing death of a retired teacher whose body was found in her home Friday night.
Darnell Washington, 24, and Tania Washington, 25, were arrested Wednesday following a high-speed chase involving Susie Ko’s stolen blue Subaru. The family car had been missing since Ko’s death and was found with the married couple from Southern California — wanted in connection with a separate crime spree — inside it in a city near Seattle called SeaTac.
The couple was arrested on separate charges, but are now key suspects in Ko’s violent and mysterious death, which has captured the Bay Area’s attention over the last week.
One of Ko’s four children, Willie Chan, released a statement Wednesday night. His family held a vigil this week, and have tried to get the word out on social media, hoping for to find her killer.
“We’re so relieved the police have recovered the family car and have made an arrest,” he said. “It’s a welcomed breakthrough in our Mommy’s murder. We believe that your thoughts and prayers have made a difference.”
In a statement, King County Sheriff Sgt. Cindi West said the Washingtons have been on the run since Darnell Washington allegedly escaped from San Bernadino County jail on Aug. 28. Court records show he was in custody for robbery and receiving stolen property and was scheduled to appear in court Sept. 14. Authorities said that his wife helped him escape from his cell.
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