D.C. police have charged an escapee from Lorton prison with the murder of a McDonald's restaurant night manager during an armed holdup earlier this week.

David Michael Jones, 30, was being held at D.C. Jail yesterday on $10,000 bond in the slaying of George T. Knights, 44, who was shot to death Tuesday night at the restaurant at 4301 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE.

Police said that Jones had been serving a 10-to-30-year sentence for armed robbery at Lorton. He had been granted a furlough from the prison in January, his first visit outside the prison in several years, police said, and had failed to return to the Lorton complex.

He had been sought since Jan. 24, when an arrest notice was circulated advising officers to be on the lookout for him, police said. Corrections officials could not be reached yesterday for comment.

Jones was arrested Friday night at an apartment at 4654 Hillside Rd. SE. But police, who still are looking for at least one other suspect in the McDonald's slaying, declined to provide further details of the investigation that led to the arrest.

Knights was killed at around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday, when two armed men entered the restaurant and took a nightstick away from an otherwise unarmed security guard. The assailants forced Knights into the back of the restaurant. One held a gun on employes while the other forced Knights to open the safe, according to a police account.

After opening the safe, police said, Knights was shot once in the back of the head. Some of the stolen money, which had been dyed red by a device in the money bag, later was recovered by police a short distance from the restaurant.

An armed security guard was killed at the same restaurant during a robbery earlier this year.