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an armed felon on the loose, two carjackings in the annandale area and the capture of the escapee spotted cursing and muttering to himself on the streets of d.c. >> wossen assaye in jail tonight after striking fear among residents across northern virginia. bruce leshan is live at alexandria federal court where the suspected bank robber has already gone back in front of a judge. >> reporter: he could get another five years for escape, that in addition to the decades he could face for allegedly robbing as many as a dozen banks and escaping on a bicycle. at the initial appearance here you could barely hear him. he seemed to be moaning at times. he was barefoot dressed only in a white plastic jumpsuit unzipped almost to his groin. his escape is the stuff of movies, shackled, restrained on
a hospital gurney. the so-called bicycle band it's was somehow able -- bandit was somehow able to overcome one of two private security guards assigned to watch him, wrestle away her gun and use her as a shield while the other guard fired a single shot at him inside inova fairfax hospital. >> he was shackled. >> i heard a large crash and a lady screaming. >> reporter: he allegedly carjacked two different people in fairfax county, one just blocks from the hospital, the other in a nandale. he burst out of a woman's trunk and into her back seat while she was driving. >> she was standing here you need to call police, 911. >> reporter: for nine hours hundreds of heavily armed fairfax county police, the state police, the fbi, the u.s. marshals hunted him, converging on every possible sighting. >> a little scary. you look out your window and see all these police cars with policemen and their big guns.
>> reporter: how he ended up on a bus in d.c. still a mystery. >> he was talking to himself. he was cursing. really nutty crazy. >> reporter: marshals taking no chances this time. they had an extra follow car for wossen assaye's drive from the courthouse back to the alexandria jail. now there's a very strange setup for federal prisoners in this area. the u.s. marshal has a contract with the alexandria sheriff to keep them at the alexandria jail. if the prisoners go to the hospital, an alexandria sheriff's deputy or deputies keeps an eye on them for the first 24 hours. after that they're handed over to private security guards at the hospital. the u.s. marshal says he's going to be taking another look at those procedures in hopes of keeping this kind of escape from ever happening again. reporting live from alexandria federal court, bruce leshan, wusa9. >> what a crazy day.
assaye has a long criminal lift and is connected to at -- left and is connected to at least -- history and is connected to at dozen bank robberies. andrea mccarren has more. >> reporter: according to court records, assaye has been in trouble with the law dating all the way back to 1989. his facebook page shows a relaxed and smiling wossen assaye. he indicates he's self-employed and attended george mason university, a fact the school disputes. assaye's criminal record paints a bleak becht. >> since october, 2013 the fbi -- picture. >> since october, 2013, the fbi and violent crimes task force has conducted investigation into 12 bank robberies that occurred in northern virginia. >> reporter: a crime spree that appeared to end march 20th when an armed -- with an armed robbery at this apple credit union in alexandria. when he was arrested, he had $1,600 in his coat pocket. assaye's criminal record is littered with felonies,
breaking and entering, statutory burglary, purse snatching and a collection of lesser crimes, too, disorderly conduct, speeding, reckless driving. after multiple burglary and robbery convictions assaye was incarcerated from 2000 to 2013. assaye's method of operation in his alleged bank robbery has been strikingly similar. he enters the bank usually with a cell phone to his ear, hands a demand note to a victim teller and then flees the scene on a bicycle. in alexandria andrea mccarren, wusa9. >> wossen assaye's frenzied bid for freedom ended in southeast d.c. a avoided capture for up to about nine hours, but there was no avoiding social media. >> reporter: the m6 bus pulls out to pennsylvania and minnesota avenues in southeast before noon. the escaped prisoner from fairfax county gets off.
but not before somebody recognizes him and calls police. >> we live in an age where everyone has a camera, a phone and is very well connected. that has helped metro transit police solve countless cases. >> reporter: d.c. police responded and put the area on lockdown. >> we were instructed to stay on the inside. so we only could look out from the windows trying to figure out what's happening, helicopters, police everywhere. >> reporter: d.c. police spotted the suspect in this alley. he was put into cuffs on the sidewalk. we're talking less than a block from the bus stop. >> we saw the guy walking down the street talking to himself cursing and fussing, but he was talking to himself. >> reporter: people in the area are accustomed to heavy police presence in some instances and they're tired of this kind of attention. see something, say something, this is how it's supposed to work. bruce johnson in southeast washington for wusa9.
a dramatic police chase unfolded elsewhere. police stopped 36-year-old lakisha tracy around 8:00 this morning but not for long, sky9 over the scene as tracy took off and led the cops onto the capital beltway and interstate 9. she made several crazy dangerous u-turns before she was surrounded by cop cars and crashed on the fairfax county parkway. police say tracy is wanted on several outstanding warrants. three officers sustained injuries but not considered life threatening. the fbi has identified the suspect shot and killed at the gates of the nsa monday. >> reporter: i'm scott broom in baltimore where authorities have identified the dead nsa suspect as ricky shawatza hall. friends say he is a transgender person who goes by the name maya and was homeless. >> i know she wasn't in the right head space when she was in that car. she doesn't even know how to drive that that. she's not licensed. it's not like she was pro at
driving or could steal cars, that was her m.o. this is out of her characteristic. >> reporter: it was hall shot to death at the gates of the national security agency yesterday after authorities there say hall and a companion refused to stop after driving in a stolen car through the gate of one of the nation's most carefully guarded facilities. today howard county police confirmed details how it start here at the terrace motel in elkridge. a 60-year-old guest claimed two men dressed as women stole his suv monday morning after he'd picked them up in baltimore and brought them to the motel. how the suspects ended up at the gates of the nsa in a stolen suv is a mystery, but investigators theorize they simply made a wrong turn. in baltimore scott broom, wusa9. >> the suspect wounded remains hospitalized. a prince george's county police officer lab suspended in connection -- has been suspended in connection with a hazing incident, the 21 year veteran facing reckless endangerment charges. >> reporter: i'm stephanie
ramirez in upper marlboro outside the home of a prince george's county police officer accused of hazing. this is the bruising an alleged hazing victim said he received after he was struck while pledging for an area fraternity. the difference here is harry john is 45 years old. >> to have to say this is what happened to me is embarrassing. >> reporter: he pledged for the alumni chapter saying it's a group he wanted to join since college, but in the lawsuit filed today john claims the group's second vice pole march seen on their website here, jesse stewart jr. personally participated in smacking, hitting and paddling john on march 23rd. >> he seemed very comfortable in doing it. >> reporter: in the garage two mondays ago is where john says the hazing lapped. his attorney jim bell is a kappa alpha psi man himself saying this could have ended in
death. >> this is sadistic. it's crazy. it has nothing to do with becoming a member of any organization. >> reporter: stephanie ramirez, wusa9 news. >> police chief mark magaw issued a statement saying they hold their officers to high standards on and internal investigation going on. the fraternity involved has not returned our request for comment. we're tracking some showers across the metro area, first area of showers pushing through southern maryland, but a little heavier activity up in front county and into loudoun county -- montgomery county and into loudoun county. there is a heavy little downpour north of warrenton and up 270 past rockville, jermantown and clarksburg, heavy activity in yellow. this is a good little downpour between clarkbsurg and lay tonsburg, laytonsville and
colesville at -- laytonsville and colesville it will cross over about 7:30. we've seen winds gusting to 43 miles per hour at 6:00 and now still gusting to 25 miles per hour in leesburg and 21 miles per hour in manassas. we'll come back, talk about the expanded wind advisory and when that expires and look ahead to the upcoming weekend. still ahead on wusa9 news a political crisis has the governor of indiana calling for a quick fix to the state's new religious freedom law. >> plus a photo of a scared syrian girl surrendering to a cameraman goes viral. this story and a lot more just ahead.
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death of a turkish teenager who died after being hit by a tear gas canister back in 2013. that prosecutor headed the inquiry into the 15-year-old's death. a poignant photo of a young syrian refugee raising her arms to surrender has gone viral. that girl mistook the camera for a weapon. the photographer said that little girl traveled from nearly 100 miles away to the refugee camp near the turkish border. that picture is going viral in the english speaking social media. still ahead on wusa9 news the defense rests its case in the trial of accused boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev. we'll have the latest developments. >> plus rushing waters and open manhole cover, a really bad combination for this guy knocked off his motorcycle. your only local news at 7:00 continues right after this.
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mathematics. the defense rested in the first phase of the trial of the accused boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev. his lawyers only called four witnesses and in opening statements his lawyers admitted he participated in the bombings but that his brother tamerlan was the mastermind. if tsarnaev is convicted, the same jury will hear additional evidence to decide whether or not he ought to be put to death or spend the rest of his life in prison. three people were killed and more than 260 injured in that bomb attack. some incredible video from brazil where a man was on his motorcycle nearly swept away by floodwaters. that water clearly over his head dragged him toward an uncovered manhole. he did manage to save himself by grabbing the sides of that manhole. he lost his cell phone, watch and wedding ring, but he survived a very frightening ordeal.
always watching always tracking, wusa9's first alert weather. >> i think his wife will forgive him for losing the wedding ring under those circumstances. >> or will she? it goes to a point whether it's 1 foot, 2-foot, if it's moving fast, it can knock you down. 73 today, so i guess march went out like a lamb sort of. let's start with a live look outside, our live michael and son weather cam, i tweeted this picture out earlier, had nice color with some clouds, now just kind of blue. 59, so the front is through, winds now north, north west gusting to 20 and 30 miles an hour. we'll get to that wind advisory in a minute. we're looking at a pretty good drop in temperatures, 50s downtown, 70 until 5 p.m. here's the radar. over the past hour you can see one batch of showers essentially through the immediate metro area, still parts of southern maryland,
southern sections of prince george's county and charles county and calvert the company, but this is the second area -- calvert county, but this is the second area of showers we're watching. the yellow is pretty heavy rain. in upper montgomery county from olney to glass cuss on the east side of 270, you're getting pretty well hammered with good rain. woodinville and be laytonsville and annapolis and over toward dayton past sunshine on 97. we'll zoom back out. we have more showers back to the west and these showers themselves are headed east toward round hill and percyville and hamilton. these showers will produce some heavy rains and downpours. should be in percyville about 7:57. the expanded wind advisory now covering loudoun county south into southern maryland. winds could gust 40 to 50 miles per hour until 9:00 or 10:00. showers end early tonight but then just windy.
bus stop temperatures 36 to 48 but dry tomorrow morning. a nice wednesday but i still think a light coat is a good idea, especially considering it will be about 20 degrees colder tomorrow. windy and warmer thursday. wind will gust to 30, but it will bring up milder air. late tonight 10:00 temperatures in the 40s, generally clear. tomorrow morning a chilly start, clear skies, mid-30s gaithersburg, leesburg, manassas, around 40 downtown. day planner 40 to start but clear, 44 at 9:00, they're 50 by 11:00 and 50 -- near 50 by 11:00 and pure sunshine at 1 p.m. 70 thursday, a few clouds come in late. you'll stay dry and then afternoon or evening storms, 74 good friday. next seven days saturday morning showers possible, much cooler, upper 50s, low 60s on sunday. home opener nats near 60, maybe a shower, not a disaster, watch
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