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The girlfriend in the "modern-day Bonnie and Clyde" duo suspected of multiple kidnappings and robberies is being held on a bond worth more than $1 million.
Brittany Nicole Harper was taken into custody early Friday in Escambia County, Florida, after a confrontation with police.
During the standoff, police shot and killed her boyfriend, Blake Edward Fitzgerald — the other half of the couple that authorities say went on a multi-state crime spree that may have started more than a week ago.
Fitzgerald used Harper as a human shield as authorities opened fire, officials said Friday. Harper was wounded in the leg and ankle, and taken to the hospital.
She was arrested and charged with robbery, home invasion robbery, false imprisonment and grand theft auto. Her bond was set at $1.16 million, according to the Escambia County Jail website.
Fitzgerald and Harper, both 30, are suspected of multiple crimes, including kidnapping an Alabama woman at gunpoint during a home invasion over the weekend. The woman was not harmed, police said. Fitzgerald was also accused of stealing a family's car at gunpoint.
Prior to those incidents, the couple is believed to have robbed and kidnapped a Tuscaloosa, Alabama, hotel employee and stolen from a McDonald's manager at gunpoint.
A nationwide "be on the lookout" order, or BOLO, had been issued for the pair, who police said were armed and dangerous.
Authorities believe the couple's alleged crime binge began around Jan. 22 with a home break-in in their hometown of Joplin, Missouri, in which guns were stolen.
No one was injured in their trail of misdeeds, police said, which also included robbing a gas station in Perry, Georgia, on Monday and two other robberies in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday.
"Thankfully, no innocent member of the public has been physically harmed by this modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, but the couple is armed and dangerous, and has a history of violent crimes and a string of new charges," said U.S. Marshal Martin Keely of the Northern District of Alabama before the standoff with police.
Kyle Dease, the hotel clerk they kidnapped, told NBC News that the couple said during his two-hour ordeal that they wanted to get married.
"They wanted to escape and start new lives," he said.
The original Bonnie and Clyde — Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow — robbed and killed people during the Great Depression, and both died in a police ambush in May 1934.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said Friday that Fitzgerald and Harper shouldn't be glamorized as being like the "thugs."
"That only encourages people to be copycats," Morgan said. "There's nothing glamorous about death. There's nothing glamorous about taking hostages."