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Friday, October 9, 2015

Bank robber who escaped from hospital sentenced to 32 years

The “bicycle bandit” who escaped from Inova Fairfax Hospital March 31 and led police on a nine-hour manhunt was sentenced to 32 years in federal prison Oct. 9, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia reports.

Wossen Assaye, 43, of Arlington had been found guilty in July of two counts of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, based on his armed assaults of two security guards during the escape.

He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $34,870 for 12 bank robberies and undergo drug testing and treatment in addition to a mental health evaluation and treatment. Prosecutors had recommended a 35-year sentence.

Assaye had robbed 11 banks in Northern Virginia between October 2013 and March 2015, fleeing the scene on a bicycle in some cases. After being arrested, he escaped from federal custody while at Inova Fairfax Hospital. During his escape, he assaulted a security guard, overpowered her, and took her firearm. He them pointed the firearm at a second guard before pulling the first guard down a hospital hallway at gunpoint and fleeing.

Later that morning, a resident of Cindy Lane, Annandale, started driving to work when she discovered Assaye hiding in her car. She had an accident and fled, and he stole the car, which was later found, unoccupied, on Oak Court in Annandale. He stole clothes from a house on Oak Court, stole another car, and was later captured in Washington, D.C. 


  1. Good riddance, punk!

  2. Throw him over the Trump wall where he belongs.

    1. Really?? I agree he has no place on our streets, but every single time this blog puts up an article about someone who doesn't have blond hair and blue eyes, someone has to say something about deportation.

      Is that the most you have to contribute? Do you think it's still clever? Do you know what the word "cliché" even means? If you have nothing more intelligent than that to say, please, please, PLEASE don't take the time to comment. It's a complete waste of pixels.

    2. And I stand by my words; the crap needs to go back. Do you leave your front door open and let anyone come in, if you do you are asking to be a victim.

      My door will and has always welcomed people of any color, race, religion, sexual bias, even you; but not without making sure that their intentions are not to harm me and my family.

      The good ones needs to stay the junk needs to go.