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FBI asks for public’s help in finding teen charged with murder in Clayton

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

Federal agents and local police are asking for the public’s help in their search for a teen wanted for the shooting death of a 28-year-old man in his Clayton home last month.

The FBI and Clayton police described the teen, Cortaz Quemel Lucas Jr., as “armed and dangerous.”

In addition to the state murder charges, federal agents have obtained a warrant charging Lucas with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, according to an agency press release Thursday.

The federal agency also announced that motorists may see photos of the teen emblazoned on billboards donated by the The North Carolina Outdoor Advertising Association has gratuitously donated space on billboards across the state.

Photos of Lucas are currently up on billboards in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington, and Wake Forest. Additional billboard space may be added, Shelley Lynch, an FBI spokeswoman reported on Thursday.

Police have accused Lucas of fatally shooting Robert Lee Horton at Horton’s Clayton home in the early morning hours off Dec. 28. Investigators say the two knew each other and that “a domestic dispute” led to the shooting, according to the press release.

Investigators think Lucas has lived at several addresses in the past year – all in the Johnston County area. His most recent was 114 Dennis Way in Clayton. Lucas has a juvenile record and was wanted at the time of the shooting for a probation violation, authorities reported.

Investigators think Lucas has left the state and may be hiding in New York City or Philadelphia.

FBI agents in all three states are working with local law enforcement in those areas to apprehend Lucas, Lynch reported.

Authorities ask anyone who sees Lucas or knows of his whereabouts to call 911 or 1-800-225-5324.

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