Murder suspect on the loose in DC has history of attacking police officers

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WASHINGTON, DC – A fugitive on the loose who was arrested and charged with murder earlier in September in the D.C. area was reportedly spotted in a residential backyard via security cameras. The murder suspect, who reportedly has a history of attacking police officers, managed to escape from custody after being transferred to an area hospital over an alleged ankle injury.

On September 6th, Metropolitan Police arrested 30-year-old Christopher Haynes in connection with an August 12th shooting amid the 1500 block of Kenilworth Avenue that left 33-year-old Brent Hayward deceased and one other victim seriously injured.

Haynes was reportedly apprehended in Manassas and was en route to the Metropolitan Police Department for processing when he reportedly claimed to have an ankle injury. Apparently, officers transported Haynes to George Washington Hospital on the afternoon of September 6th following his injury complaints, where Haynes made his escape on foot after overpowering an officer attempting to cuff him to the hospital bed.

Acting D.C. Police Chief Pamela Smith confirmed that two officers were present at the hospital during the escape, detailing the standard process of removing cuffs from an inmate in order to get the inmate secured to the hospital bed, which is where things went awry.

“Typically, what happens is when the officers transport a suspect or arrestee to the hospital," Smith said, "we typically take the handcuffs off. The arrestee is handcuffed to the gurney or the bed which he may be sitting on and as he was taking one of the handcuffs off of anyone’s arms, the suspect got up and aggressively moved away from the officer and fled the scene.”

Barefoot at the time of his escape, Haynes was able to outrun both of the officers and has been at-large since.

Authorities have reportedly received numerous leads as to the whereabouts of Haynes, including some recently obtained security camera footage showing the accused murderer sneaking through someone’s backyard near the hospital.

Aside from the homicide charge, Haynes apparently has a handful of prior arrests and convictions, with some demonstrating his willingness to attack police.

A case from September 2020 accused Haynes of attacking three Prince William County police officers by using his vehicle in an attempt to run the officers over. Haynes eventually pleaded guilty in January 2022 to three counts of attempted malicious wounding on law enforcement officers and one count of reckless driving, resulting in a two-year prison sentence and two years’ probation.

Officials noted that a $30,000 reward is available for any information on Haynes’ whereabouts that leads to his arrest, urging the public to call 202-727-9099 or text the tip line at 50411 with any information they may have regarding the fugitive.
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