2 face charges in crime spree across Utah, Nev.

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Posted: Jan 05, 2012 5:34 PM
2 face charges in crime spree across Utah, Nev.

A Utah man and a woman have been charged with conspiracy, kidnapping, armed robbery and stealing vehicles in a crime spree that investigators believe started in central Utah before ending in Nevada's cold desert.

Nevada prosecutors filed the charges Wednesday against Logan Welles McFarland, 24, and Angela Marie Hill, 25, who also goes by Angela Atwood.

Hill also was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Rattana Keomanivong, 35, a gym operator who was wounded in the head when authorities say she foiled an attempt to steal her vehicle in West Wendover. McFarland faces a lesser charge of acting as a principal to an attempted robbery with a deadly weapon.

McFarland's attorney, Gary Woodbury, and Hill's lawyer, Frederick Lee, a deputy public defender, declined comment Thursday about the case.

Hill and McFarland were arrested Tuesday after a manhunt. They had been sought as suspects in the shooting of Keomanivong and the Utah slaying of LeRoy Fullwood, a 70-year-old retired barber, and his wife, Ann Fullwood, a 69-year-old retired schoolteacher. Authorities in Sanpete County, Utah, issued an arrest warrant Sunday for McFarland in the burglary of the Utah couple's home in Mount Pleasant. Additional charges were pending.

McFarland and Hill were also identified in Nevada court documents as suspects in a high-speed chase on Interstate 80 during which items, including Rattana's purse, were thrown from a Volkswagen Jetta stolen from a motel parking lot in Wells.

Police found a 2004 Saturn sedan in Wells that had been stolen Dec. 30 in Utah County, Utah, and that bore front-end damage consistent with a crash into Rattana's vehicle in West Wendover. The Jetta was found abandoned near Oasis, not far from where McFarland and Hill were arrested on foot.

McFarland was being held on $52,000 cash bail. Hill was held on $102,000 cash bail due to the seriousness of the charges she faces in Nevada. Court Clerk Frankie Correa said neither was eligible for release because they were being held as fugitives from Utah.

A judge was due Friday to set a date for an evidence hearing in Elko.