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Armed Prisoner Captured in Washington After Fleeing Virginia Hospital

Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 12:36 PM

An armed prisoner who fled a suburban Washington hospital with a guard's gun on Tuesday was recaptured in the U.S. capital after a nine-hour manhunt, police said.

The prisoner, accused bank robber Wossen Assaye, 42, broke free from a private security guard at the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, Virginia, at about 3 a.m. and fled with the guard's weapon, the Fairfax County Police Department said on its Twitter account.

Assaye stole two cars during a manhunt by local, state and federal authorities. He was recaptured in Washington and is in the custody of the city police, Fairfax County Police said.

Assaye had been held by the nearby city of Alexandria and was taken to the hospital about 15 miles (24 km) west of Washington on Friday after he tried to harm himself, according to police.

While at the hospital, Assaye overpowered the guard early on Tuesday and took his gun, police said. One shot was fired, but no one was injured before Assaye fled wearing only a hospital gown, police said.

Assaye is charged with the March 20 robbery of the Apple Federal Credit Union in Alexandria. An affidavit in U.S. District Court said he fled the bank on a bicycle with about $1,800.

A man matching Assaye's description is suspected in 11 other bank robberies in northern Virginia. Assaye, who is on probation, was in prison from 2000 to 2013 for burglary and robbery convictions, the affidavit said.

Fairfax County Police spokesman Roger Henriquez told CBS News that the first vehicle stolen by Assaye had been driven by a woman who discovered him in the back seat.

Henriquez said that either during the woman's escape or when Assaye was driving, the car sustained heavy front-end damage.

 

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