Sheriff: Leesburg Man Pulls Shotgun on Stripper

Suspect demanded sex, investigators say

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    A local doctor is facing charges after a drunken encounter with a stripper got out of hand, investigators say. (Published Monday, Apr 4, 2011)

    A Leesburg, Va., man will be arraigned Monday after a bizarre weekend incident in which he allegedly pulled a shotgun on a stripper who refused his demands for sexual favors.

    Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 43700 block of Lees Mill Square in Leesburg at 12:40 a.m. Sunday after several people called 911 to report that a man with a shotgun had fired a shot at two people in his front yard.

    Upon arrival, deputies found the suspect, later identified as Dr. Mehul Jitendra Shah, of the Dulles Foot and Ankle Institute, being held at gunpoint by a neighbor. Shah was reported to be extremely intoxicated, and had become upset when a stripper he had hired refused his requests for sex, according to police.

    "You mix alcohol with your judgement, these sort of things tend to happen from time to time," Detective Vincent DiBenedetto told NBC Washington's Pat Collins.

    The stripper has been identified as a 29-year-old Fairfax woman, deputies said. Witnesses reported that Shah brandished the shotgun at the woman and her bodyguard and fired a shot in their direction but did not cause any injury. An armed neighbor confronted Shah and held him until deputies arrived, authorities said.

    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 and will be arraigned Monday.

    The victim sustained minor cuts and bruises from falling while trying to escape the residence, deputies said. She was transported to Inova Loudoun Hospital at Lansdowne, where she was treated and released.