Kidnapping reported near Howard University

Kidnapping reported near Howard University (ABC7)

D.C. police were back on Elm St. Sunday evening after a report of a kidnapping close to the campus of Howard University.

“There were about 10 cop cars at various places down the street,” said Harry Rube, a neighbor.

Police say it happened at a home right across from Carver Hall.

The owner, who did not want to speak on camera, said it’s a mix of students and non-students who live there.

“That’s the only thing I’ve ever seen is like students going in. I hear music coming from there. I guess they’re rehearsing or something,” said Rhonda Steward, a neighbor.

The police report says it happened just before 10:30 Saturday night, but several neighbors tell us they saw police activity around 7 p.m.

A 911 caller said someone was being held against their will.

Police found the suspect, who is now identified as Adam Murray, 24, from Northwest, and two women inside.

One of the women told police Murray would hurt her if she left the home.

“It’s just very frightening… not a great feeling,” said Mikka MacDonald, a neighbor.

We noticed a music stand that says Howard University Band outside of the home. ABC7 reached out to the band director who says it’s the first time he heard about the incident and he doesn’t know if any of his members were involved.

Murray was arrested and charged with kidnapping. Police say no one was injured.

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