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Georgia pair were wanted in car theft before arriving in Durham

Posted October 8, 2015 5:30 p.m. EDT
Updated October 8, 2015 6:07 p.m. EDT

— The couple involved in a bizarre series of events outside the Durham Police Department Tuesday was wanted for several crimes in their home state of Georgia, the investigation into Tuesday's events has shown.

In criminal warrants from Cobb County, Ga., police allege that Jeremy Darnell Artis, 21, and Michaelia Desaree Daughtridge, 18, both of Marietta, Ga., used a semi-automatic handgun to steal a car.

The Georgia warrant shows Daughtridge is accused of aggravated assault on the driver of the vehicle. It says she threatened the victim with a gun.

The pair ended up in Durham two days after the alleged car theft and Artis, after crashing the car he was driving near Durham police headquarters, jumped out and ran before fatally shooting himself. Daughtridge, who remained in the car after the crash, was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.

It was not immediately clear if the car the couple was driving in Durham was the vehicle police say they stole in Georgia.

Daughtridge was being held in the Durham County Jail until Cobb County authorities come to take her back to Georgia so she can face her charges there.