The authorities on Thursday recaptured a murder suspect who the police say escaped from a Washington, D.C., hospital nearly two months ago by assaulting an officer and fleeing, with a handcuff dangling from one arm.
The suspect, Christopher Haynes, 30, was caught “without incident” about 10:30 a.m. Thursday by a fugitive task force led by the U.S. Marshals Service in Oxon Hill, Md., a small residential community roughly 12 miles south of Washington, the agency said in a statement.
The authorities did not provide an account of how he had been caught or why Mr. Haynes had been in Oxon Hill.
Mr. Haynes was arrested on the morning of Sept. 6 in Manassas, Va., in connection with the shooting death of Brent Hayward on the night of Aug. 12, following an argument at a D.C. gas station. After his arrest, Mr. Haynes complained of ankle pain from what he said was a pre-existing injury, prompting two officers to take him to George Washington University Hospital for treatment, the police said.
Just before 3:40 p.m., Mr. Haynes attacked an officer who was trying to handcuff him to a gurney in a hallway, the police said, adding that he fled with a handcuff still locked around his right wrist.
“Both officers chased after Haynes but were unable to catch him,” the police said in a news release.
The bold escape prompted George Washington University to cancel activities on campus and place itself under lockdown. Soon after, officials released a blurry photo on social media that showed a barefoot Mr. Haynes on the run, apparently still wearing the handcuff, and the authorities offered a $30,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
It was unclear on Thursday whether anyone had provided such information to the authorities and was eligible to claim the reward. An inquiry to the U.S. Marshals Service was not immediately returned.
Mr. Haynes was transferred to the custody of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department on Thursday and will be charged with the escape and formally charged with the pending murder count from August. It was unclear if a court appearance had been scheduled or whether Mr. Haynes had a lawyer.