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Police on Alert for Armed and Dangerous Couple

Police are asking residents statewide to be on the lookout for an escaped inmate and his wife believed to have shot a deputy and suspected of several carjackings.

The California Highway Patrol put out a statewide alert today warning people to be on the look out for an escaped prisoner believed to be armed and dangerous and responsible for shooting a sheriff’s deputy Sunday and for a spree of carjackings.

Authorities today continued their hunt for a jail escapee and his wife wanted for wounding of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy with a shotgun Sunday after  escaping from the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore on Aug. 28. Darnell Washington, 24, and Tania Washington, 25, were sought in Sunday's deputy-involved shooting at a South El Monte 7-Eleven at Durfee Avenue and Michael Hunt Drive. They may be traveling in a light-blue 1996 Plymouth Voyager minivan with the California license plate 3PHK484, said sheriff's Cmdr. Ray Leyva.

Darnell Washington was doing time for robbery and receiving stolen property and was supposed to be in court Sept. 14 but escaped from jail with help from his wife, sheriff's deputies said. The wounded deputy, assigned to the sheriff's Temple station, was treated at a hospital and released.

The shooting occurred after a deputy patrolling South El Monte checked a license plate on a Nissan Armada he saw pull into the 7-Eleven parking lot, according to sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker. The license plate came back to someone considered ``armed and dangerous,'' prompting him to call for backup.

Moments later, ``the suspects came out of the store, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred,'' Parker said. ``Gunfire was exchanged between at least one suspect and the deputy.''

The suspects fled in the Armada and, about 45 minutes later, it was abandoned in South Gate, where the couple allegedly carjacked a minivan. The couple was also suspected in other carjackings, Parker said.

Darnell Washington was described as black, about 6 feet 2 and 197 pounds, with a tattoo of a cross with the words ``By Any Means'' on his right forearm. Tania Washington was described as black, about 5 feet 3 and 130 pounds.

Anyone who sees the suspects or the Plymouth minivan was urged to call 911.

- City News Service

melissa kaffen September 05, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Yikes! How bad can this guy be if he had to escape rather than wait to be part of the Court mandated 30,000 "over crowed" inmate release.
Kitty Kat September 06, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Yeah, like their going blend in the O.C.
cathy breese September 07, 2012 at 03:44 PM
they are heading to Detroit.
Patricia Gatacre September 10, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Cathy, obviously you have been to Detroit. Those of us who have braved visiting such downtown Motor City venues as museums and the Eastern Market, understand that this dangerous couple would never be noticed in poor, bedraggled Detroit.

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