Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Prisoner Wossen Assaye may be in 2nd stolen car

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fairfax County police say they have found the first car that prisoner Wossen Assaye stole during his escape from INOVA Fairfax Hospital early Tuesday morning, but now he has stolen a second car.
U.S. Marshals, the FBI and Virginia State Police are now helping in the search for Assaye.
Someone spotted the stolen silver Toyota Camry on Monterey Drive, which runs between Cindy Lane and Oak Court in Annandale later Tuesday morning. Police found that car and are now looking for Assaye in another vehicle, a 2008 gray or silver Hyundai Elantra with Virginia license plate XTU-5024.
The car was last seen at Monterey Drive and Rt. 236. It could possibly be heading for northbound I-495 at Route 236.
Assaye is still on the loose. Police describe Assaye as a black male, 6 feet 1 inches tall and 170 pounds.When Assaye escaped he was wearing a light blue hospital gown and may be armed with a handgun. He was not wearing shoes.
Police say he may be with his girlfriend, whose name has not been released.
Wossen Assaye was able to take a gun from a private security guard and flee from a room at Inova Fairfax Hospital at 3 a.m. Tuesday, according to Fairfax County police. One shot was fired during the struggle, but no one was injured.

The Washington Post reports that Wossen Assaye has been charged with escaping federal officials for fleeing the hospital. According to the Post, Assaye overpowered a female guard.
After Assaye fled, residents in the area were told to shelter in place. The Fairfax County police chief said that police used reverse 911 to notify residents in the area. Earlier, hospital employees were not able to drive onto the property. Instead, they were asked to go to Falls Church High School for a shuttle bus to the hospital.
According to officials, a nurse who works at Ft. Belvoir hospital was leaving her home on Hayden Street at 7 a.m. in her 2002 Toyota Camry. She turned onto Backlick Road, and that's when a man got into the backseat. Scared, she crashed her car in the driveway of a house at Cindy Lane and Backlick Road. The man, believed to be Assaye, took off in her car. She then ran two blocks to the Backlick Service Center gas station for help.
The gas station manager talked to WUSA9, saying that the woman ran into the station hysterical. She asked him to call 911. According to the manager, she said a man popped up in her backseat as she was driving on Backlick Road. She swerved into Cindy Lane. Based on her description of the man, the manager told her he believed it was the same man that police were looking for who had escaped from the hospital.
Police later found the car abandoned on Monterey Drive, not too far from the house.
As the search for Assaye continues, his mother is pleading for her son to turn himself in to authorities, reports The Washington Post. His mother told the Post that her son had not reached out to her after escaping the hospital but said that she talked to him last week while he was in jail.
Alexandria Sheriff's Office authorities say that Wossen Assaye was booked into the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center in Alexandria on federal charges on Saturday, March 21. They say that on Friday, March 27, he attempted suicide and was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment. "Per an agreement with the U.S. Marshals Service, Alexandria deputy sheriffs maintained custody of Assaye for the first 24 hours he was at the hospital before turning custody over to security officers contracted by the U.S. Marshals," according to the sheriff's office authorities.