George Washington University issued a shelter-in-place order Wednesday afternoon after a homicide suspect escaped police custody at the university hospital.
The Metropolitan Police Department announced on social media platform X that Christopher Haynes had “escaped custody” at the hospital shortly after 3:30.
In a news release, police said Haynes, 30, had been arrested early Wednesday and charged with a “crime of murder.” No further details were immediately available.
The police notice did not say whether Haynes was armed, but advised people not to attack if they saw him and to call 911.
The university sent text messages warning anyone on campus to shelter in place "due to the presence of dangerous individuals on campus."
At 6 p.m., more than two hours after the stay-at-home order was issued, the university administration sent text messages saying the order would continue and canceling all afternoon events and activities.
The message said: “In-person classes are cancelled; Teachers are encouraged to teach remotely whenever possible. Avoid the area around GW Hospital.”
The stay at home order He finally got up around 8:15 p.m. after almost five hours. But Haynes remained at large.
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