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Secret Service helps Metropolitan Police search for escaped homicide suspect in Washington, D.C.


The US Secret Service is helping the Metropolitan Police search for a homicide suspect who escaped from a university hospital on Wednesday, the agency said.

Police have identified the suspect as Christopher Haynes, 30, who escaped shortly after 3:30 p.m. from George Washington University Hospital in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Haynes has been charged in connection with a homicide investigation, police told CNN. He was last seen with black handcuffs strapped to his right wrist. He is described as a black man with “shoulder length dreadlocks”.

Police told CNN they believe Haynes threw away his issued sweater in jail and is now wearing a “black t-shirt and gray shorts under a white bodysuit.” He also has a prominent Washington “W” tattoo on the front of his neck, police said.

A DC government emergency alert advises “exercise caution” because Haynes is considered armed and dangerous.

The US Secret Service said their uniformed division was also assisting in the search for Haynes. The United States Park Police, a federal agency, is also assisting Washington DC police with their search, according to spokesman Sgt. Tom Twiname.

There are temporary and preventive road closures around the White House while police search for the suspect, Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement.

About 20 minutes after his escape, George Washington University issued a shelter-in-place order for its municipal campus, the university said in a statement posted on its website. The university said it had not received any reports of people being injured in the GWU community.

A spokesperson for George Washington University Hospital said the hospital remains “fully operational” and is coordinating with local authorities.