Maryland Man Attacks Health Care Workers & Hijacks Ambulance, Say Police

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A Maryland man has been arrested and charged after he allegedly attacked health care workers then stole an ambulance and lead police on a chase from Rockville to near the Pentagon in Virginia some 20 miles away.

31-year-old Nicholas Albano of Hyattsville was the passenger of a private ambulance at around 2:40 a.m. on Friday when Montgomery County police say he attacked one of the health care workers onboard.

When the driver of the ambulance stopped to help their co-worker, Albano reportedly jumped into the driver's seat of the vehicle. He then allegedly put one of the workers in a headlock and punched them repeatedly, according to police.

The two workers jumped out of the ambulance and Albano took off driving the ambulance, in the vicinity of Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville.

From there, Albano lead Montgomery County Police down I-270, onto the Capital Beltway and across the American Legion bridge into Virginia.

The ambulance was stopped on Route 110 in Arlington near the Pentagon by Virginia State Police and Albano surrendered.

He has been charged with carjacking, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in Montgomery County with additional charges in Virginia, according to Montgomery County Police.

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