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Devore Escapee In Deputy-Involved Shooting in L.A. County, Still at Large

Darnell Keith Washington, 24, escaped Tuesday Aug. 28 from Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center, where he had been in custody for robbery and receiving stolen property, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Update 9:13 p.m. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has released the following account of a deputy-involved shooting with an escapee from Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore, north of Redlands and Loma Linda:

WANTED: ARMED AND DANGEROUS SUSPECTS

1) Darnell Washington, male Black, 24 yr-old, 6’2,” 197 lbs.

2) Tania Washington, female Black, 25 yr-old, 5’3,” 130 lbs.

On Aug. 28, suspect Darnell Washington escaped from the San Bernardino County Jail with the aid of his wife, suspect Tania Washington.

Shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday Sept. 2, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy assigned to Temple Sheriff's Station approached a suspicious vehicle in the city of South El Monte.

Suspect Darnell Washington allegedly emerged from the rear of the vehicle. A deputy involved shooting occurred and gunfire was exchanged. The deputy was shot by the suspect with a shotgun.

The deputy was later treated at a hospital and released. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Suspect Darnell Washington and suspect Tania Washington carjacked a vehicle and fled. Shortly thereafter, the suspects abandoned the stolen vehicle in the city of South Gate and carjacked another vehicle, a 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager, light blue, CA License #3PHK484. The Plymouth Voyager has not been recovered.

Both suspects remain at large and are considered ARMED AND DANGEROUS. If you see the suspects or vehicle call 9-1-1. Please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Homicide Bureau if located or apprehended.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide detectives were seeking the public’s help in identifying any other possible victims and/or witnesses.

Anyone with information was urged to contact Sergeant Schoonmaker or Detective Alvarado, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Posted 9:03 p.m. A suspect who escaped Aug. 28 from Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore, north of Redlands and Loma Linda, was in a deputy-involved shooting Sunday Sept. 2 in Los Angeles County, authorities said.

As of 8:50 p.m. Sunday, Darnell Keith Washington remained at large, a deputy at the L.A.County Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau said in a phone interview.

"Investigators believe that Darnell Washington is driving a 1994 Ford Explorer – white in color," an updated wanted flier stated. "Washington is considered to be armed and dangerous."

Before he escaped, Washington, 24, a Los Angeles area resident, was a pre-sentenced inmate in custody for robbery and receiving stolen property, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Washington is described as 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and a cross tattoo on his right forearm with the words "by any means," according to the Sheriff's Department.

Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center, at 18000 Institution Road, San Bernardino, is about 15 miles nortwest of Loma Linda and Redlands.

Anyone with information about Washington and his whereabouts was urged to contact Sheriff's Valley Dispatch Center at (909) 387-8313. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or www.wetip.com.

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