Woman charged in multi-state crime spree

Woman charged in multi-state crime spree

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WAFF) - The surviving half of a pair police said were involved in a string of crimes across multiple states including Alabama has been charged by a federal grand jury.

Brittany Harper faces charges including conspiracy, transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines, three counts of carjacking and two counts of brandishing a gun during a violent crime.

The indictment states that the purpose of the conspiracy was for Harper and "her co-conspirator to unlawfully obtain vehicles, by whatever means necessary," including acts of violence, and then to use the stolen vehicles as transportation between various states.

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The indictment refers throughout to Harper's co-conspirator, Blake Fitzgerald, but does not name him, and describes crimes committed in Missouri, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Harper was arrested in Milton, Florida on Feb. 5, after a face-off with police in which Fitzgerald was shot and killed. She faces state charges in Florida.

The FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorneys John B. Felton and Erica W. Barnes are prosecuting.

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