13-year-old Robeson County double-murder suspect wanted after escape

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LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN) — Robeson County deputies need the public’s assistance in locating a 13-year-old facing murder and robbery charges.

Deputies say the juvenile male escaped after an appearance at the Robeson County Juvenile Court around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The teen was appearing in court for two counts of first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon charge.

The teen, identified as Jericho W., was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and beige pants, officials said. When last seen at the juvenile courthouse, the juvenile was wearing leg restraints without any shoes.

Deputies say he was last seen at the intersection of Hwy 72 and Country Club Road in Lumberton.

Jericho W. in a photo from the NC Dept. of Public Safety

He is described as a Native American male with brown eyes and brown hair weighing 110 pounds and standing 5-feet tall.

At around 9 p.m. Tuesday the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies cleared the area of Planetarium Road and Highway 72 West. Deputies and investigators said they will continue to assist the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in the search.

Jericho W. was arrested along with Derrick Deshawn Hunt, 19, in Rowland in connection with the deaths of two brothers, Frank and Adam Thomas, officials said.

The brothers were found dead inside a home on Marigold Lane on Oct 15.

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

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