A 19-year-old suspect in an armed rape was captured in Northeast Washington yesterday after an hours-long search and a series of foot chases during which he outran pursuers several times, once after being shot, police said.

During the search, police said, a man bleeding from a wound and answering the description of the suspect forced his way into an apartment on 19th Street NE and ordered the occupants to say nothing while he hid from police.

The suspect was identified as Keith Jeffrey Hunter, of 1625 Lyman Pl. He was arrested on a warrant charging armed rape in connection with a gun-point attack made Thuesday morning on a Northeast woman.

Police said the woman was seized on the street by an armed man who took her into Spingarn High School and raped her.

A warrant for Hunter's arrest was obtained Wednesday, police said, and at 8:20 a.m, yesterday, they said, they received a call giving a location near the school where he could be found.

When officers arrived, police said, Hunter ran off and the search began. The suspect was spotted twice more, but eluded pursuers each time, police said.

About 11 a.m. they said, Officer Wilbur Davis confronted Hunter in the 1700 block of H Street NE. When the suspect reached toward his pocket, police said, Davis fired a shot, grazing Hunter's abdomen. Then, they said, Hunter ran off and escaped again.

At about this time, police said a man answering Hunter's description came to the door of an apartment in the 800 block of 19th Street NE.

Holding his hand in his pocket as if he had a gun, they said, he pushed his way in, telling the occupants that he was armed and hiding from the police. He left after about 15 minutes, police said.

With officers combing the area and a police helicopter overhead, Hunter was spotted again at 21st and I Streets NE, police said, and finally caught a few yards away after a brief chase. He was reported in good condition last night at D.C. General Hospital.