Darnell Keith Washington, 24, and his 25-year-old wife, Tania Washington, were arrested after the duo reportedly rammed their stolen vehicle, which has been linked to a recent homicide, into a SeaTac, Wash., police officer's patrol vehicle Wednesday morning, according to authorities.
About 9 a.m., the officer was checking license plates of parked cars when he ran a Washington license plate that came back reported a stolen.
"The officer approached the car to find two people sleeping inside," said Sgt. Cindi West, a King County, Wash., sheriff's spokeswoman. "The two woke up from their sleep, started the car and rammed the patrol car before trying to flee."
The car was eventually boxed in by SeaTac police cars after the brief pursuit.
The driver, identified as Tania Washington, jumped into the back seat and the passenger, Darnell Washington, got into the driver's seat, authorities said.
Washington repeatedly rammed police cars in an attempt to get away, authorities said.
When the car could no longer move, the two were ordered out of the car by police at gunpoint.
Washington, a West Covina man, escaped from the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center on Aug. 27 with help from his wife, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said.
Several clandestine calls using his cellmate's phone code helped Washington and his wife plot the daylight escape, according to court documents filed by the Sheriff's Department.
Two days after the escape, on Sept. 2, a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy in South El Monte spotted a reported stolen van at a gas station, authorities said. As the deputy was calling for backup, the couple exited the gas station's convenience store, noticed the deputy and a gun battle ensued.
The deputy was hit in the leg with birdshot and suffered minor injuries.
The couple managed to escape and reportedly carjacked another vehicle before making their way north.
On Friday, a 55-year-old Hercules resident, Susie Ko, was found stabbed to death in her home. Her blue Subaru station wagon was missing. Washington and his wife were in the Subaru on Wednesday morning, according to King County authorities.
A shotgun was also found in the vehicle, they said, though they have not said if it was the same shotgun used in the shootout with the Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy.
The couple were not arrested in Ko's homicide case as of Wednesday evening, though Hercules Police Department investigators plan to interview the Washingtons, authorities said.
"Hopefully, this brings us a step closer," Willie Chen, Ko's nephew, said. "Presumably the (people) in the car committed the crime or know the people who did. It gives the family relief. We just haven't been able to sleep too much."
Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Hercules Police Department are investigating if the pair committed a number of other crimes, including carjacking and robbery, while traveling from Southern California to Washington state.
The Washingtons were booked into the King County Jail in Seattle.