A suspected bank robber who escaped from custody at Inova Fairfax Hospital earlier this year and led authorities on a dramatic, nine-hour manhunt before he was recaptured was indicted Thursday on a multitude of new charges, including escape, kidnapping and assaulting a federal officer.
The 16-count indictment ups the ante for 43-year-old Wossen Assaye, who was being held on one bank robbery charge while prosecutors prepared a more expansive case against him. Assaye now faces specific bank robbery or bank burglary charges in connection with six Northern Virginia cases from October 2013 to March 2015, as well as the specific criminal counts connected to his flight from the law and his use of weapons.
Prosecutors said he faces a maximum of life in prison and a mandatory minimum term of 122 years if convicted on all counts.
Prosecutors and police have alleged previously that Assaye overpowered a security guard in March at Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was being treated because of a suicide attempt, then ran from authorities for hours. Police have said that he carjacked two vehicles along the way, though he was eventually captured without incident in the District after someone spotted him on a Metro bus. The indictment charges Assaye with assaulting two federal officers — and kidnapping one of them — but it does not offer any new details about how he was able to escape.