DC Murder Suspect Who Escaped Police Custody Recaptured After 7 Weeks on Run

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
October 28, 2023US News
DC Murder Suspect Who Escaped Police Custody Recaptured After 7 Weeks on Run
A Secret Service officer searches the area after Christopher Haynes escaped custody at George Washington University Hospital in Washington on Sept. 6, 2023. (Craig Hudson/The Washington Post via AP)

WASHINGTON—Police have recaptured a murder suspect who escaped custody in September, forcing an hours-long shelter-in-place order at George Washington University.

Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department announced that Christopher Haynes, 30, was arrested Thursday by the U.S. Marshals Service’s Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force in nearby Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Mr. Haynes was originally arrested on Sept. 6 in connection with the Aug. 12 murder of 33-year-old Brent Hayward at a northeast D.C. gas station. But shortly after his arrest, Mr. Haynes complained of an ankle injury and was taken by officers to George Washington University Hospital.

Christopher Haynes
Christopher Haynes. (D.C. Metropolitan Police Department)

While he was being handcuffed to a hospital gurney, police said Mr. Haynes assaulted an officer and fled, leading to the shelter-in-place order on the university campus and an extended search. MPD chief Pamela Smith later acknowledged that the officers had not properly secured Mr. Haynes, providing an opportunity for his escape.

Police later released a home surveillance video showing Mr. Haynes immediately after his escape, walking through an area backyard wearing a black t-shirt and grey briefs. But despite a $30,000 reward offered for information leading to his capture, Mr. Haynes remained at large for nearly two months.

Police would not comment on how they tracked Mr. Haynes, and would not say if anyone was suspected of helping him remain hidden for so long. He will now face addition charges relating to his escape, police said.

By Ashraf Khalil

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