Shelter in place lifted at GW campus after man escapes DC police custody at hospital

Helicopters were seen circling the Foggy Bottom area as part of the search of Haynes. (WTOP/Heather Gustafson)
Police in D.C. say a murder suspect escaped custody at The George Washington University Hospital Wednesday afternoon, triggering a shelter in place at the campus. (WTOP/Heather Gustafson)

The shelter in place was lifted Wednesday evening at The George Washington University in D.C. nearly five hours after a suspect in a murder case escaped police custody.

Police have not said whether the suspect has been found or apprehended.

The university canceled all evening events and activities for Wednesday and advised the school community to be cautious when moving around campus. Access to university buildings are currently restricted to those with valid university ID cards.

Christopher Haynes, 30, escaped custody just after 3:30 p.m. Police described him as a Black man with shoulder-length dreadlocks, wearing a white suit with one red shoe. He is not handcuffed, but was last seen with black handcuffs hanging from his right wrist.

He’s 6 feet tall and weighs about 205 pounds. Police also said that under his white suit, Haynes is wearing a black T-shirt and gray shorts.

D.C. police released an updated photo of Haynes, which appears to be taken from a home surveillance camera.

“Do not engage, call 911 if spotted,” D.C. police said.

The FBI is now offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information about Haynes whereabouts and anything that will lead to his arrest.

GW’s student alert system asked members of the campus to shelter in place before 9 p.m. “due to the dangerous individual around campus.”

In a news release following the previous tweet, D.C. police said that Haynes is 30 years old. He was arrested Wednesday and charged with a homicide offense.

Helicopters were seen circling the Foggy Bottom area as part of the search of Haynes. Several street closures were in place during the search, including on the Key Bridge, where outbound travel lanes reopened after 6 p.m. Police presence extended their search from the Foggy Bottom to the Georgetown areas.

In a post on X around 10 p.m., GW’s alert system announced the hospital was cleared by police who believe Haynes is no longer in the Foggy Bottom area.

In-person classes and events will resume tomorrow.

This story is developing. Check back with WTOP for updates. 

WTOP’s Mike Murillo, who reported from Foggy Bottom, contributed to this report.

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Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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