Authorities searching for 13-year-old accused in double murder

Wearing leg restraints and barefoot, he escaped from custody while returning from juvenile court in North Carolina, officials said.
1:24 | 11/07/19

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We turn now to that urgent hunt tonight for a fugitive charged in two murders, and he is just 13. He escaped from a holding room after a court appearance, getting away barefoot restraints. Authorities are now warning the public, and here's ABC's Steve osunsami. Reporter: North Carolina authorities, tonight, have helicopters in the air and police on the ground, all searching for the fugitive 13-year-old, who for now, they're only identifying as Jericho W. Even though he's a juvenile, they're taking the unusual step of releasing his booking photo, after he escaped from the custody of state law enforcement officers Tuesday while returning from juvenile court in lumberton. State officials say he was wearing leg restraints and no shoes when a guard opened a door and he ran. Police say he was being held on serious crimes, accused of two counts of first degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. They explain they have at kw ag degree of concern for the safety of both the juvenile and the public due to a prior history of assaultive and unpredictable behavior." His family members say they've struggled with the boy for years, and tonight are blaming authorities. We don't know if he's going to return to us dead or alive. This is the county's fault, and they should have to pay for it. Reporter: Police are now warning residents who live in the search area that they may hear low-flying helicopters through this evening. David? A very tense night ahead. Steve, thank you.

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