A man who "managed to break free" from police custody in the parking lot of the Northeast District station near Morgan State University's campus caused university officials to issue multiple alerts to students Tuesday night, according to police.

About 7 p.m., a man who had just been arrested on a warrant and was being transported by officers escaped their control in the 1900 block of Argonne Drive and ran off, according to Detective Jeremy Silbert, a police spokesman. Officers immediately began searching for the man.

Silbert said he did not know the man's name or why the warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Morgan State Police alerted the school community shortly thereafter, sending a message out on Twitter at 7:21 p.m. saying the escaped man had "flex-cuffs on [his] wrists" and was last seen near the school's Murphy Fine Arts Center.

At 7:25 p.m., Morgan police issued a second message: "Remain calm. Police searching for a person escaped custody of local police. Stay alert. Call 911 if you see suspect from 1st alert."

At 8:10 p.m., they issued a third message telling students that city police believed the suspect was no longer in the vicinity of the campus.

Silbert said he was last seen running into a wooded area near the campus.

The search was ongoing Tuesday night, Silbert said.

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