(SALT LAKE CITY) — Utah and Nevada state police are hunting a couple they have dubbed “the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde” after a murderous crime spree and chase that has led investigators across two states.
The armed and extremely dangerous suspects are linked to the murder of an elderly couple, another attempted murder and the carjacking of a woman’s vehicle, which then set off a police pursuit across 330 miles of Utah and Nevada over five days.
Police say the couple’s crime spree began last Thursday when they stole a car in Moroni, Utah, about 100 miles south of Salt Lake City. A day later and eight miles away, police say the suspects broke into the home of retired couple Leroy and Dorothy Fullwood.
Investigators found signs of a struggle inside the home and believe the Fullwoods, who were found dead on New Year’s Eve, were murdered after a botched robbery. Surveillance video later captured the male suspect at a convenience store, allegedly using the couple’s stolen credit cards.
“A credit card receipt was found in the vehicle that corresponded with residence here,” Police Chief Jim Wilberg of the Mt. Pleasant, Utah, police department said. “They ransacked the house. There is a lot of evidence that’s been collected.”
Police believe that after stealing the Fullwoods’ car the suspects drove over 200 miles into Nevada, where the next morning they carjacked a woman at gunpoint. The couple allegedly shot the woman in the head as she managed to escape. Miraculously, the victim made her way to a Nevada police station, then was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
“[The victim] was transported by an ambulance here to an awaiting medical helicopter,” Sgt. David Wiskerchen of the West Wendover, Nev., police department told ABC News. She is recovering at a Salt Lake hospital after undergoing surgery, according to ABC News Salt Lake City affiliate ABC-4.
Police did manage to catch up with the suspects on a Nevada highway, pursuing them at speeds over 100 miles per hour. The suspects avoided a spike trap and managed to elude state troopers on back-country roads.
The couple were last seen driving a stolen gray Volkswagen Jetta with Colorado license plate 725WHX.
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