Alleged 'bicycle bandit' indicted on theft, weapons charges

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Posted: May 28, 2015 9:19 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A man known as the "bicycle bandit" for fleeing on two wheels after allegedly robbing a dozen banks in Virginia faces more than 100 years in prison.

A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted 42-year-old Wossen Assaye on charges including bank robbery, escape, kidnapping and firearms offenses.

Assaye was arrested in March. Authorities say he tried to kill himself while in custody and was taken to a hospital.

While there, prosecutors say he overpowered and briefly kidnapped one of his guards. They say he then fled the hospital and evaded authorities for nine hours during a frantic search that ended in Washington, D.C.