MPD seeks released thief

After releasing the suspect of a January robbery of a student in Corcoran Hall because of insufficient evidence, Metropolitan Police are again searching for 57-year-old Horace Lynwood Wyatt for his alleged involvement in the crime.

MPD issued a March 8 warrant for the arrest of Wyatt, who police first captured several days earlier when officers matched him with a victim’s description but was released because police lacked evidence to charge him, said Dolores Stafford, director of University Police.

The victim, a female Howard University student who was taking a class at GW, was robbed of $200 while walking in a Corcoran Hall hallway Jan. 24.

The woman reported she had seen the man earlier in the day at the Foggy Bottom Metro stop, which led investigators to ask street vendors near the Metro station about the suspect’s description, Stafford said.

“One vendor saw the suspect a few days later at the bank and called MPD,” Stafford said. “We don’t know which (bank).”

MPD was able to locate the suspect and identify him as Wyatt, who has a prior criminal record. But MPD released Wyatt with no charge because police cannot take someone into custody based solely on a victim’s description, Stafford said.

Once the robbery victim identified the robber as Wyatt, MPD was able to issue a warrant for his arrest, Stafford said.

Both MPD and UPD are looking for Wyatt.

“We know he hangs out and around the Foggy Bottom Metro,” Stafford said.

Anyone with any information on the suspect should call UPD at 994-6111.

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