Missouri couple suspected in string of kidnappings, robbery in two Alabama counties

Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Harper

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) —  UPDATE: Vestavia Hills Police have released the names of the two suspects they are looking for in connection with Sunday’s two kidnappings in Vestavia Hills and Tuscaloosa, and a robbery attempt in Hoover.

The suspects are identified as 31-year-old Blake Fitzgerald and 31-year-old Brittany Harper of Joplin, Missouri.  Fitzgerald is charged with Burglary, 1st degree; Kidnapping, 1st degree and Theft of Property, 1st degree.  Harper is charged with Kidnapping, 1st degree and Theft of Property 1st degree. Police say Fitzgerald could be easily recognized by his tattoos.

Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Harper

There is now a $10,000 reward being offered.

Hoover police say the two suspects have been formally charged in connection to the Sunday robbery of the manager of the McDonald’s located on Montgomery Highway.

ORIGINAL: Vestavia Hills Police investigated a home invasion that happened Sunday morning in the 2400 block of Monte Vista Drive.

Officers arrived at the scene at 7:58 a.m. after a white male entered the home through a garage door after stating that he was having car problems. He demanded the keys to the family car after pulling a gun.

The suspect forced the wife into a 2010 silver Ford Edge and were joined by a white female. Police initially said the suspects ending up dropping the wife off at Grandview Medical Center’s emergency entrance, but later said she was dropped off on a side street off old Highway 280. The wife was taken home after she flagged down a passerby.

The Vestavia Hills incident is possibly connected to a kidnapping that happened earlier in Tuscaloosa. Around 7 a.m., police were notified of a missing night manager from the Microtel Inns and Suites located on Veterans Memorial Parkway. The morning manager called police after it was discovered that money had been taken. Police obtained surveillance video showing two individuals walking into the lobby, demanding money and taking off with the night manager.

Tuscaloosa police were later contacted by Vestavia Hills police saying that the manager had been dropped off in Vestavia Hills unharmed.

Police are looking for a white male, bald and in his mid-thirties and a white female described as being 5’9”-5’10” with brownish, red hair and wearing a beige jacket. The tag number on the vehicle is 2720AG7.

The public is being asked to notify the Vestavia Hills Police Department if they see these suspects. Officials say to not approach the vehicle.

Copyright 2016 WIAT CBS 42

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