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FBI joins search for Johnston County teen wanted for murder

Posted January 22, 2015

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— The FBI has joined the search for a Johnston County teen wanted for a Dec. 28 murder.

Police said Cortaz Quemel Lucas Jr., 17, shot Robert Lee Horton, 28, several times in the chest while the two argued inside Horton’s home early that morning.

Clayton police investigators are offering a cash reward for information leading to Lucas' arrest, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has also been involved in the search.

Lucas is charged with first-degree murder. On Thursday, a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was added to his criminal record, which includes a conviction for assault and kidnapping and dates to when he was a juvenile.

Lucas has had several addresses in the past year in Johnston County. He most recently lived at 114 Dennis Way in Clayton. At the time of Horton's death, he was on probation for the assault and kidnapping and was wanted on a probation violation. 

An FBI spokeswoman said investigators believe Lucas may be in Philadelphia or New York City.

“Our detectives and officers have combined forces with several neighboring agencies and have been working around the clock to bring this young man in,” Stacy Beard, spokeswoman for the Town of Clayton, said in a statement. “They’ve searched several homes, continue to obtain new search warrants and remain confident they will make an arrest, but are asking for the public’s help to bring justice in this crime.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jason Linder at 919-553-0158 or Crime Stoppers at 919-359-8479. Callers can remain anonymous.
Police did not release the amount of the reward.
 

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  • moomoo Jan 28, 2015

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    Thanks for the acknowledgement, but here it is a full 6 days later and the "vet" still will not say--"hey, sorry, I jumped to a conclusion, but thanks for pointing that out". Life goes on.

  • Tarheel Takeover Jan 23, 2015

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    you sit at your desk on WRAL reading every article trying to come up with something racist or some race baiting topic everyday. And you're usually wrong like you are now. You must have the most pitiful life. Get out of that ragady trailer and experience life, talk to other people besides the ones with the same color as you. Find some happiness and LIVE WITHOUT HATE!

  • Obama-in-2016 Jan 23, 2015

    Have they checked in Durham? Lots of murderers stay there.

  • Amy Whaley Jan 22, 2015
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    How sad that we have a 17 year old young man who has been raised to have such disrespect for his fellow man. This is where we should be protesting and helping mankind.

  • Amy LaFluer Jan 22, 2015
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    Thanks for the link that was more informative than this one....

  • Amy LaFluer Jan 22, 2015
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    Thanks for the attached article it was more informative than the one here......Thank you :)

  • moomoo Jan 22, 2015

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    Wouldn't it be nice to get a simple "thank you for pointing that out" from the vet? Since his/her original statement was finished with an exclamation point, it would be a nice surprise. But I am not expecting one. Hope I am wrong. I have been wrong many times in my life.

  • moomoo Jan 22, 2015

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    yes, he is a real person.

  • moomoo Jan 22, 2015

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    Hate to tell you this, but that is not the victim. That is the picture of a man wanted for another offense. If you click on the picture you will see it takes you to the site of recent arrest in Johnston County. And you are welcome.

  • EVERYONE HAS SKELETONS Jan 22, 2015

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    The victim was not white he was black. The pictures shown here are the latest arrest from Johnston County.

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