- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 18, 2002

A man bleeding from a knife wound was arrested at a Prince George's County hospital yesterday and charged with attempting to rob an off-duty Fairfax County police officer at gunpoint near an automated teller machine in Alexandria, authorities say.

DeCarlos Antonio Cunningham, 25, for whom police could provide no address, was held without bond on a fugitive warrant in Prince George's County last night awaiting extradition to Alexandria. He is accused of wounding a second off-duty Fairfax officer, who stabbed their assailant in the back after the first officer was shot in his right arm during a scuffle, police said.

Neither officer was identified. Both were traveling back from the District after attending a Fraternal Order of Police event in celebration of Police Week. Neither officer was in uniform or carrying a gun.

Alexandria police spokeswoman Amy Bertsch said the incident occurred about 2:30 a.m. Thursday as the first officer, 27, stood at a First Union bank ATM on Mount Vernon Avenue and West Glebe Road. A man approached the male officer, displayed a gun and demanded money.

The officer fought off the robber and was shot in his right arm during the struggle. At that point, police said, the female officer, 22, stabbed the robber with a knife, causing him to flee. He escaped in a gray minivan, along with two other men.

The male officer was treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital and released Thursday morning about 8 a.m. The female officer was not injured.

Alexandria police notified surrounding jurisdictions to be on the lookout for anyone seeking treatment for a knife wound.

"His injuries were severe enough that he had to get medical attention fairly quickly," Miss Bertsch said.

She said the Alexandria Police Department received several calls about people with wounds similar to Mr. Cunningham's.

She said police charged Mr. Cunningham, who was being treated at Prince George's Hospital, "not just because of his injuries but because of other evidence."


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