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Murder suspect who escaped DC hospital captured after seven weeks on the run

An accused murderer was taken back into custody by police after he escaped while wearing just one shoe and handcuffs clasped to a wrist seven weeks earlier, Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department said Thursday. 

Christopher Haynes, 30, complained of ankle pain from a previous injury when he was arrested Sept. 6 in Manassas, Virginia, for allegedly fatally shooting Brent Hayward, 33, Aug. 12, per a department press release. 

Officers reportedly took him to a hospital near George Washington University, and the man “physically assaulted an officer” and bolted when one of the officers unclasped one of his handcuffs to lock him to a gurney, police said. 

It is unclear whether anyone will receive that reward money. 

Haynes had a history of assaulting law enforcement officers, Fox 5 reported. In September 2020, he was accused of attempting to hit three Prince William County officers with his car. He pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted malicious wounding on law enforcement officers and served seven months of a two-year sentence followed by two years probation.

Christina Coulter is a U.S. and World reporter for Fox News Digital. Email story tips to


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