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13-year-old charged in double murder escapes in North Carolina, cops say

Updated Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. The teen has been found and is in U.S. Marshal’s custody.

Police are looking for a teen murder suspect who escaped on Tuesday.

The 13-year-old escaped at about noon on Tuesday after appearing in court on two counts of first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office originally said the teen escaped from the courthouse but has since said he escaped from the Department of Social Services.

The teen, along with a 19-year-old, was charged in October with the murders of two brothers, The News & Observer reported.

He had been at the Cumberland Juvenile Detention Center since Oct. 14, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for help locating him.

He is described as an Native American male, 5 feet tall and 110 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, beige pants and leg restraints with no shoes, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety identified the teen as Jericho W. and released a photo of him.

A 13-year-old murder suspect escaped after a court appearance on Tuesday. Police are asking for help locating him. North Carolina Department of Public Safety

He was last seen at the intersection of Highway 72 and Country Club Road in Lumberton, the Sheriff’s Office says.

The Sheriff’s Office says it is using helicopters from several other agencies to search for the teen, and multiple law enforcement units are involved.

Officials have a “high degree of concern for the safety of both the juvenile and the public, due to a prior history of assaultive and unpredictable behavior,” the Department of Public Safety said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 671-3170 or (910) 671-3100.

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Bailey Aldridge is a reporter covering real-time news in North and South Carolina. She has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.