Officials say a 13-year-old boy accused of murder escaped in North Carolina
Police say they are looking for a 13-year-old murder suspect who escaped officials after appearing in court in Lamberton, North Carolina, on Tuesday, officials said. Robertson County Sheriff's office said the boy was only identified by state authorities as Jericho W. He fled at noon from a social services building where a juvenile court hearing was held.
The sheriff's office said he faced two counts of first-degree murder and one charge of robbery with dangerous weapons in court. Authorities say some law enforcement agencies are looking for him, including flying with the help of helicopters.
The Department of public security of the State Council said the authorities "pay high attention to the safety of teenagers and the public" because of his "history of aggressive and unpredictable behavior". Details of how the boy escaped were not immediately released. Public Security said he appeared in a juvenile court Tuesday morning. According to the sheriff's office, he was seen in prison wearing a thong and no shoes.
The sheriff's office said he was wearing a white T-shirt and beige pants near the intersection of North Carolina highway 27 and Lamberton Country Club Road. It is not clear if he has any leg restraints.
Public Security said state law prohibited him from publishing details of the charges against Jericho because he was a teenager. However, the law says authorities may release the names and surnames of some juvenile fugitives. The public is required to report any trace of the boy.