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date Sun, Apr 3, 2011 at 10:37 PM
subject Leesburg Man Charged With Abduction, Firearms Violations
Loudoun County, VA: A Leesburg man has been arrested and charged with several violations, including abduction and reckless use of a firearm, following an altercation early Sunday morning.
On Sunday, April 3, 2011, at approximately 12:40 AM, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to several 911 calls in 43700 block of Lees Mill Square, Leesburg. Callers advised that a man with a shotgun had confronted two people in his front yard and had fired a shot. Upon arrival, deputies found the suspect, later identified as Mehul Jitendra Shah, being held at gunpoint by a neighbor.
Shah was reported to be highly intoxicated and had become upset when a stripper he had hired turned down his demands for sexual favors. Witnesses reported that Shah confronted the woman, identified as a 29-year-old Fairfax woman, and a man described as her security guard, in the front yard of his house. He was seen brandishing a shotgun at them.
During the course of the confrontation, Shah reportedly fired the shotgun in the direction of the pair, but did not cause any injury. A neighbor who was armed confronted the suspect and held him for authorities.
Shah was taken into custody and charged with Abduction by Force, Reckless Handling of a Firearm and Brandishing a Firearm. In addition, summonses were served for firing the weapon within a public right of way and within 100 yards of a building. He is being held without bond at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center (ADC) and will be arraigned on Monday.
The victim sustained minor cuts and bruises from falling while trying to escape the residence. She was transported to Inova Loudoun Hospital at Lansdowne, where she was treated and released.