The search for Christopher Haynes, a murder suspect who escaped from police custody in Washington, D.C., nearly two weeks ago, continues to be actively pursued, according to a top official from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Assistant Chief Carlos Heraud stated during a press conference on Monday that Haynes is not evading law enforcement on his own, and anyone found aiding him will face charges. The U.S. Marshals Service has joined the search efforts to locate Haynes, a 30-year-old Black man with shoulder-length dreadlocks. The potential location of Haynes has not been disclosed by the authorities. MPD is offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Haynes managed to escape from custody on September 6 while a police officer was changing his handcuffs at George Washington University Hospital. He had been taken to the hospital after complaining about a preexisting ankle injury during the processing of his connection to the murder of a man from Gainesville, Virginia. Following his escape, a shelter-in-place order was issued at the hospital, and federal and local authorities initiated a search. MPD has received numerous reports of possible sightings and is actively investigating each tip. Haynes is known to have ties to Stafford County, Fauquier County, and Prince William County in Virginia.
Haynes is suspected of fatally shooting Brent Hayward, 33, at a gas station in Northeast D.C. on August 12. Hayward was found dead at the scene, while another victim was injured and taken to a hospital for treatment. Haynes was initially apprehended on September 6 in Manassas, Virginia, but managed to escape later that day. The mother of Hayward expressed fear for her safety after Haynes’ escape, as he and his girlfriend lived in the same complex.
The reward offered by MPD for information leading to Haynes’ arrest is $5,000 higher than the reward posted for the capture of Danelo Cavalcante, a convicted murderer who escaped from Chester County Prison on August 31 and was apprehended after a 14-day manhunt.
The search for Haynes remains ongoing, and law enforcement agencies are urging anyone with information about his whereabouts to come forward.