Suspect Escapes Police Custody at George Washington University Hospital

Suspect Escapes Police Custody at George Washington University Hospital

Police in Washington, D.C. launched a search on Wednesday night for a suspect wanted in a homicide investigation who managed to escape from George Washington University Hospital while in police custody. The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Christopher Haynes, broke away from police custody and fled the scene. Haynes, described as a male with “shoulder-length dreadlocks,” was wearing a white “suit” and had on just one red shoe at the time of his escape.

Initial reports stated that Haynes was not handcuffed, but surveillance images released later by police indicated that he had a pair of handcuffs hanging from his right wrist. Authorities urged the public not to engage with Haynes if spotted and warned city residents to exercise caution. Precautionary road closures were put in place around the White House as police conducted a frantic search for Haynes throughout the night.

George Washington University initially issued a shelter in place order, but later lifted it, stating that police had cleared the scene and it was not believed that the suspect was in the area. Haynes escaped in the Foggy Bottom area of the city, and authorities continue to urge people in the vicinity to exercise caution.

The U.S. Secret Service’s uniformed division and the U.S. Park Police joined local law enforcement in the search for Haynes. It was believed that he had removed a jumper issued to him by jail authorities and was moving around in a black t-shirt and grey shorts. Haynes has a large “W” tattoo on the front of his neck.

The search for Christopher Haynes is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to contact the authorities.


Author: CrimeDoor

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