Police say alleged Clayton killer may be in Northeast

Cortaz Lucas, from an undated prior arrest
Cortaz Lucas, from an undated prior arrest Courtesy of Clayton Police Department

Police departments in the Northeast are helping Clayton officers track down a teenager linked to a fatal shooting in December.

The search for Cortaz Quemel Lucas Jr., 17, started shortly after police found 28-year-old Robert Horton lying on the floor of his mobile home on Dec. 28. Detectives say Lucas shot Horton, who died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.

The New York and Philadelphia police departments are now on the lookout for Lucas, in addition to FBI detectives in those two states, said Clayton police spokeswoman Stacy Beard.

Beard said detectives developed leads that suggest Lucas may have fled to the Northeast.

Detectives say Lucas and Horton knew each other and believe a family or domestic-related incident led to the shooting.

Lucas has a juvenile record and was wanted at the time of the shooting for violating probation related to charges of assault inflicting serious injury and second-degree trespassing. He’s had several Clayton addresses in recent years, including his most recent at 114 Dennis Way.

The Clayton Police Department is offering a cash reward up to $1,000 for any information leading Lucas’ arrest. Police ask anyone with information to call Det. Jason Linder at 919-553-0158 or CrimeStoppers at 919-359-8479. Callers can remain anonymous, and the calls are not recorded.

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