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(FALLS CHURCH, Va.) — Police surrounded a Virginia hospital Tuesday morning after a prisoner escaped from custody, authorities said.

The situation occurred at Inova Fairfax Hospital, located in the city of Falls Church less than 10 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.

The prisoner, identified as Wossen Assaye, overpowered a private security guard, Fairfax County Police said. The suspect — who was wearing a hospital gown — is considered armed and dangerous.

Police are looking for this escaped prisoner. He is wearing a hospital gown and no shoes & armed with a gun. pic.twitter.com/sMtvEYkWeL

— FairfaxCounty Police (@fairfaxpolice) March 31, 2015

A heavy police presence was reported in the area, and police vehicles were seen blocking the hospital’s entrances during the search for the prisoner.

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