13-year-old escapee charged with 2 murders now in custody

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UPDATE WEDNESDAY 10:50 PM: According to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, Jericho W. was taken into custody at around 10 p.m. after his mother turned him over to US Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force.

He has now been transferred by Marshals to the Cumberland Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Fayetteville. Jericho W. was in the custody of NCDPS at the time of his escape.

Jericho W

Several agencies assisted in the search including North Carolina Department of Public Safety, U.S. Marshal Services, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, Lumberton Police Department, Lumberton Rescue Dive Team and Deep Branch Fire Department Dive Team.


UPDATE WEDNESDAY 10:35 PM: North Carolina Department of Public Safety said on Twitter that the boy is now in secure custody in a juvenile facility. NCDPS also thanked all agencies involved in the search.


UPDATE WEDNESDAY 10:20 PM: Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins tells us a relative turned the boy over to US Marshals and has been taken to Cumberland County in North Carolina.


UPDATE WEDNESDAY 9:30 PM: Jericho W. is now in custody according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office. Earlier in the evening, a $1,500 reward was being offered by the US Marshal’s Office for information leading to his capture.


LUMBERTON, NC (CNN/WBTW) – The mother of the 13-year-old who escaped after a court appearance on double murder charges says things never should have gotten to this point.

Nikki Jacobs, the mother of missing Jericho W., says her son was always very troubled and blames the county for not helping him – even after she reached out for help time and time again.

“You’re telling the social workers and the mental health workers and the social services that that’s what your problem is and you’re calling them every day, then that’s something that should’ve been done a long time ago,” Jacobs said. “But they going to wait until he’s charged with these other charges.”

These other charges include not one – but two murders.

Jericho has been on the run for over 30 hours. His mother said she’s scared for his safety.

“Come home. He knows he can call any of us regardless, even if he knows that we’re going to turn him in to get him to safety because that’s what he needed,” Jacobs said.

Police in North Carolina released a photo of Jericho W. He had been housed at the Cumberland Juvenile Detention Center since Oct. 15 and was appearing in court on two counts of first-degree murder and robbery.  They are not giving his last name because he’s not an adult.

But they say he was in court Tuesday afternoon when he escaped – even with leg restraints. He and 19-year-old Derrick Hunt were recently charged in the deaths of two brothers last month.

Officials said they 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.”

The teen is described as having brown eyes and brown hair, about 5 feet tall and about 110 pounds.  He was last seen at the intersection of Highway 72 and Country Club Road in Lumberton wearing a white t-shirt, beige pants and leg restraints without any shoes.

And the sheriff’s office says the murders were linked to drugs. Police say Jericho is considered dangerous. In addition to the two murder charges, Jericho also has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Jericho’s Uncle, Wayne Lambert, told News13 the juvenile is just scared.

“I want him to come home to me. If anybody sees my child, please don’t hurt him because all he’s asking for is help,” Lambert said.

The juvenile was first arrested in Rowland in relation to the deaths of Frank and Adam Thomas. The brothers were found deceased inside a home on Marigold Lane on Oct 15.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCSO at 910-671-3170 or 910- 671-3100.

Sheriff Wilkins says that “anyone assisting him (Jericho) with hiding or housing will be charged with a felony offense.”

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