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Alexandria teen gets prosthetic hand as surprise Christmas gift


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- For 13-year-old Rebekah Jensen, having only a left hand has never held her back.

But the Alexandria 8th grader will soon be able to dream a little bit bigger thanks to the generosity of some strangers.

On Tuesday night, Jensen was surprised with a 3-D printed prosthetic right hand at Marymount University.

"I was very surprised at what it was," Jensen said. 

The surprise was organized by Marymount alum Jessica To-Alemanji, who wanted to teach her daughters that it's more important to give than receive.

Man shot after argument at Alexandria home


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man was shot after an argument at a residence in Alexandria late Friday night, according to Fairfax County police.

A 49-year-old man was visiting an acquaintance in the 8300 block of Brockham Drive shortly before midnight when police say the man was shot in the upper body. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say an argument occurred between the suspect and the victim prior to the shooting. The suspect is described by police as a black male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and armed with a handgun.

Police do not believe this was a random act and continue to investigate the relationship between the two men. Charges are pending, according to police.

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'Black Hat Bandit' gunman sentenced to 32 years in prison


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 65-year-old man who was part of the "Black Hat Bandits" gang the committed multiple armed robberies in the D.C. area was sentenced to approximately 32 years in prison.

The full length of Thomas George's sentence is 384 months, which was handed down Thursday after he pleaded guilty to two counts of using a firearm during the commission of armed bank robberies.

Court documents show that between January and March, George and his accomplices robbed nine banks in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. In every robbery, George displayed a firearm at bank customers or employees, prosecutors said. 

In total, George and his accomplices stole about $182,104 during their robberies. As part of his sentence, George was ordered to pay it all back.

FOUND: 87-year-old Alexandria woman with dementia


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police have located the missing 87-year-old woman from Alexandria who has dementia.

Jean Handsberry was last seen Thursday in the 800 block of N. Howard Street.

Handsberry is described by police as a white female, 5'0", 100 lbs., with gray hair. She was last seen getting into a yellow cab. Police say Handsberry is considering endangered.

If you see her or have any information regarding her location, please contact the Police Department immediately at 703.746.4444.

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Man connected to Alexandria shooting charged with murder


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man connected with a double shooting in Alexandria who was originally charged with malicious wounding on December 4 was charged with murder on Friday afternoon.

Andre Curtis Wilkins, 21, was charged with the murder of Marquel Davis on Friday after Wilkins shot Davis and another man in an Alexandria-area apartment on November 18.

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The shooting happened around 10:15 p.m. on November 18 in an apartment located in the 7900 block of Audubon Avenue in the Mount Vernon area.

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1 in hospital after Alexandria assault


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating a felonious assault that happened in Alexandria early Friday morning.

The assault happened in the 3900 block of Mt. Vernon Avenue, according to Alexandria police. The victim involved was taken to the hospital in serious condition. 

Police said the suspect is still at large. 

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Muslim cabbie who says passenger attacked him awarded $350K


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A civil jury in federal court has awarded a Muslim cab driver who says a passenger berated and attacked him $350,000 in damages.

The jury in Alexandria on Monday found that Ed Dahlberg assaulted Mohamed Salim in 2013 and that Dahlberg's actions were motivated by animosity toward the cabbie's religion.

Salim says he was punched by Dahlberg after Dahlberg spewed a stream of epithets at Salim because of his religion. Salim recorded parts of the encounter on his phone.

Dahlberg admits using bad language but denies injuring Salim. Dahlberg told The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1PSqaAI) in a phone call, "I'm ruined. I'm absolutely ruined."

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