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Man arrested for Alexandria shooting


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 24-year-old man has been arrested after a shooting in Alexandria Tuesday night.

The assault happened in the 4100 block of Mount Vernon Avenue at approximately 11 p.m. Juan Carlos Garay shot another man after a verbal altercation, in which he referenced a street gang, say Alexandria police. The victim suffered an injury to the hip and was taken to the hospital. He is expected to survive.

Garay is charged with Malicious Wounding, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Gang Participation.

Anyone with additional information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Sean Casey at 703-746-6853.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The prisoner who escaped from Inova Fairfax Hospital with a guard's gun in March was indicted by a grand jury Thursday.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A woman was sexually assaulted in Alexandria in March after letting a man that she met online into her hotel room, Alexandria police said.

The sexual assault and abduction happened in the 5000 block of Seminary Road on March 23, 2015, police said.

The woman let the man into her hotel room around 3:40 a.m. after they made arrangement to meet through the Internet. Once the man got inside the room he pulled out a gun, assaulted the woman and stopped her from leaving the room. She was able to escape to the hallway and call police.

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