Hunt for Modern-Day 'Bonnie and Clyde' Couple Accused of Kidnapping and Other Crimes Ends With Man Dead and Woman in Custody
Blake Fitzgerald died and Brittany Harper was taken into custody early Friday after a multi-state crime spree
The search for a “Bonnie and Clyde” couple accused of a multi-state crime spree ended on Friday in Florida with the death of the man and the arrest of the woman, PEOPLE confirms.
Blake Fitzgerald, 30, died and Brittany Harper, 30, was taken into custody and taken to a local hospital Friday morning, a spokesperson for the Escambia County Sheriff’s office tells PEOPLE.
The Missouri couple, described as a modern-day “Bonnie and Clyde,” were wanted on several charges, including kidnapping, theft and burglary, the U.S. Marshals Service announced on Thursday. They are believed to have committed crimes in Georgia, Alabama and Florida recently.
The spokesperson did not reveal many details about the incident, but in an online video posted by WEAR-TV, multiple gun shots can be heard.
One day earlier, the U.S. Marshals Service offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the couple’s arrest. The announcement contained a detailed account of the pair’s alleged crimes.
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The couple’s crime spree began on Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, accord to the U.S. Marshals Service. The pair allegedly kidnapped a hotel clerk, stole his car and drove to Alabama before releasing him. In Alabama, Fitzgerald allegedly stole a family’s car and forced the wife to go with him in the stolen vehicle. (The wife was later released.)
She was later released. On Monday, the couple allegedly robbed a convenience store in Georgia, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
“Thankfully, no innocent member of the public has been physically harmed by this modern-day Bonnie and Clyde,” U.S. Marshal Martin Keely said in Thursday’s statement.