13-year-old double murder suspect escapes custody in North Carolina

A 13-year-old boy, who allegedly murdered two men in North Carolina, escaped custody on Tuesday while wearing leg restraints and no shoes, authorities said.

The teenager, identified only as Jericho W., was hit with two counts of first-degree murder Oct. 17 in the deaths of brothers Frank Thomas, 34, and Adam Thomas, 33, local NBC affiliate WRAL reported at the time.

He’d been held at the Cumberland Juvenile Detention Center since his arrest — but was taken to court for an appearance Tuesday morning.

The teen made a run for it around 12:10 p.m. after appearing in Robeson County Court, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said.

He was last seen barefoot and in leg cuffs, wearing a white T-shirt and beige pants. He’s described as being about 5 feet tall and approximately 110 pounds.

Authorities said he has a history of “unpredictable behavior.”

Another teen, 19-year-old Derrick Deshawn Hunt, was also charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the brothers’ deaths.

Both face charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon as well.

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