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Husband, wife charged in gun battle with police

This bullet-ridden Toyota Camry was used as the getaway vehicle in a Nov. 22 massage parlor robbery in Duluth and later abandoned, police said.

This bullet-ridden Toyota Camry was used as the getaway vehicle in a Nov. 22 massage parlor robbery in Duluth and later abandoned, police said.

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Jessica Macmillan

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Jonathan Macmillan

DULUTH -- Police believe a husband-wife team from Cobb County held up a Duluth massage parlor last month, fired more than a dozen rounds on responding officers and led police on a harrowing, high-speed chase before slipping away into a rainy November night.

Three weeks later, investigators have charged Marietta residents Jonathan and Jessica MacMillan, both 27, with multiple counts of armed robbery, fleeing police and aggravated assault upon a police officer with a deadly weapon. They face unrelated charges in Cobb.

A patron at the Tong Tong Chinese Massage Parlor on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard called 911 the night of Nov. 22 to report a robbery in progress.

A female officer was first to arrive. She spotted Jonathan and was ordering him to stop in the parking lot when he unloaded at least 14 rounds from a 9 mm handgun toward her and another officer arriving on scene, said Duluth police Capt. Mark Hunter, who was unsure how many rounds the officers fired in response.

"It's incredibly fortunate that no one was hurt in this incident," Hunter said at a Wednesday press conference.

During the chase, the suspects reached speeds of about 100 mph before losing police around State Bridge and Jones Bridge roads. They made off with two cell phones, a laptop and an undisclosed amount of cash. None of the property has been recovered, Hunter said.

The bullet-ridden car was found abandoned in Holly Springs near Canton and reported by a resident. The Cobb County tags are registered to the MacMillans, which Hunter called "helpful."

On Tuesday, Duluth investigators traveled to Cobb County and obtained a search warrant for a Marietta home owned by Jonathan MacMillan. They found Jessica there, and she provided statements that corroborated information police had gathered the last couple weeks, Hunter said.

Investigators contacted Jonathan by phone, and he turned himself in at the Duluth Police Department.

Hunter said the Cobb County SWAT team who executed the search warrant found a fake explosive device at the MacMillan's home, though he wouldn't elaborate. They face additional charges of possession of destructive device/hoax device in Cobb.

Police don't anticipate additional arrests. Jonathan remains without bond in the Gwinnett County Jail, his wife in Cobb County.

A Duluth police officer suffered a knee injury caused by running in the melee and is undergoing surgery, Hunter noted. Why the couple chose to rob a massage parlor is unclear, he said.