Orange County teen charged with murder captured after escaping custody

Micah Cameron (Orange County Sheriff's Office)

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A manhunt was underway in Hillsborough Friday morning after a teen inmate charged with murder escaped from custody of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. He was caught around five hours after escaping.

According to the sheriff’s office, Micah Keishaun Cameron, 17, of Hillsborough, was being transported to the Orange County Detention Facility from the Rockingham County Jail on a Writ to appear in court in Orange County when he jumped out of a moving transport vehicle around 1:30 a.m.

Cameron is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and felony probation violation.

The teen had been last seen in Hillsborough near the intersection of U.S. Highway 86 and U.S. Route 70. It was there that he jumped from the vehicle.

Cameron was caught near N.C. Highway 57, about a mile from where he escaped, around 6:45 a.m. He was taken back into custody without incident, the sheriff’s office said.

Sheriff’s officials said Cameron had lived in the Hillsborough area and had family ties to that area of Orange County.

At the time that Cameron escaped custody he was wearing leg irons, handcuffs and a belly chain. He was wearing a red two-piece inmate jumpsuit with “Rockingham” on the back in black letters. He was caught still in leg irons, handcuffs, chains and the jumpsuit, authorities said.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said they issued a “reverse 911 call” to residents in the area and their efforts to find him.


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