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Darnell and Tania Washington, Bonnie and Clyde of L.A. County, Wanted for Wild Crime Spree in Carjacked Minivan

An attractive Southern California couple is wanted in two counties this morning for the jailbreak and joyride of a lifetime.

San Bernardino County Sheriff's officials say that 24-year-old robbery suspect Darnell Washington escaped from county jail on August 28 with the help of his wife, 25-year-old Tania Washington. And once they made their break from that nowhere desert lockup, they allegedly continued their spree in far-east L.A. County:

On Sunday morning, at the 7-Eleven on Peck Road in South El Monte, an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy came across a white SUV that had been involved in a robbery a few days earlier, according to the department. So the deputy tried to make contact with the driver, later identified as escaped inmate Darnell Washington -- but when he did, the suspect allegedly popped him with a shotgun.

The injured deputy was rushed to a local hospital, and is thankfully expected to survive the gunshot wound.

But the suspects escaped once again -- and apparently didn't see a deputy-involved shootout as reason enough to halt their crime spree. Not wanting to leave in the white SUV, sheriff's officials say that Darnell and Tania then carjacked a different vehicle near the 7-Eleven. And after driving it to South Gate, they allegedly carjacked yet another vehicle, which they are thought to be driving currently.

Bonnie and Clyde's ride of choice? A light-blue minivan.

Reported KTLA in a video broadcast: "The suspects ended up fleeing on foot, carjacking multiple vehicles and ultimately got away in a stolen, light-blue 1996 Plymouth Voyager van, with a California license plate 3PHK484."

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is urging anyone with any information on the Washingtons' whereabouts to call homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500.

Darnell's apparent Facebook page lists him as a graduate of Crenshaw High School in South L.A. and a former film student at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga.

He also lists his favorite movie as Takers -- a "high-stakes action thriller" about a team of experienced bank robbers, starring hip-hop hitmakers T.I. and Chris Brown. More from the film's online synopsis, which reads like a glorified version of the L.A. County Sheriff's press release:

"After pulling off a spectacular series of brilliantly planned bank robberies, a notorious team of professional criminals attempts one last heist, a once-in-a-lifetime job with a $25 million payoff. And all that stands in their way is a cop hell-bent on doing whatever it takes to solve the case and bring the TAKERS down."

Darnell Washington is said to have a tattoo of a cross on his right forearm, accompanied by the phrase: "By any means." Indeed.

[@simone_electra / swilson@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]


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