Police warned Tuesday an “armed and dangerous” prisoner was roaming the Washington, D.C., area after he overpowered a private security guard, stole his gun and fled the scene.
The prisoner, Wossen Assaye, was being transferred from an Alexandria, Virginia, jail to Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, early Tuesday morning, WJLA reported. Fairfax County Police say he was being held on bank robbery charges when he tried to harm himself, leading officials to take him to the hospital.
He then scuffled with the private security guards who were driving him. A shot was fired, but nobody was hurt, and Asssaye fled with the guard’s gun, Fox News reported.
He’s described as a black male, about 6 feet tall and 170 pounds, with tattoos on his arm.
Fairfax County Police tweeted his picture, along with the text: “Police are looking for this escaped prisoner. He is wearing a hospital gown and no shoes & armed with a gun.”
Nearby roads and businesses were blocked off and shut down, while authorities put the hospital in lockdown mode. Fairfax County Police lifted the lockdown about 9 a.m., announcing they now believe he fled the area with his girlfriend in a stolen car – a 2002 silver Toyota Camry with a Virginia tag of XZP-8153 and front-end damage.
NBC News reported Assaye had an “extensive criminal record” and a “history of violence,” and was considered a “serious risk to the community,” according to a 2012 Virginia Parole Board document.
Manhunt! Prisoner escapes at Virginia hospital
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:14:35 GMT