‘High degree of concern’: N.C. teen charged in deaths of two brothers escapes

‘High degree of concern’: N.C. teen charged in deaths of two brothers escapes
A photo has been released of a juvenile who escaped from the Robeson County Juvenile Court. (Source: NC Department of Public Safety)

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WMBF) – The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a 13-year-old double murder suspect who escaped from the Department of Social Services around 12 p.m. Tuesday.

According to a press release, the teen was appearing in juvenile court for two counts of first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Transport team.

Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said the juvenile, identified as Jericho W., is charged in the deaths of two brothers, 34-year-old Frank Thomas and 33-year-old Adam Thomas. The brothers were found dead in a home on Marigold Lane last month. Derrick Deshawn Hunt, 19, is also charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection to the case.

The juvenile was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and beige pants. The teen also had on leg restraints without any shoes, authorities said.

“Division 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,” a release from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety stated.

According to deputies, the teen was last seen at the intersection of Highway 72 and Country Club Road in Lumberton.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said multiple agencies, including Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals from Wilmington and Fayetteville are searching for the teen.

The juvenile is described as a male with brown eyes and brown hair, weighing 110 pounds and standing five feet tall.

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

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