A manhunt continued Saturday for a murder suspect who made a brazen escape from custody at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, courthouse.
While awaiting a hearing Friday morning, 21-year-old Dayonte Resiles jumped out of the jury box inside a courtroom and ran from the Broward County Courthouse. Resiles broke free of his handcuffs and shackles and left his black and white inmate jumpsuit in the hallway of the courthouse.
His disappearing act was caught on surveillance footage.
Officials told NBC Miami that they received information that Resiles is also armed.
“We’ve left no stone unturned. Every tactical unit I have available to me, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and all our assets and resources — our canine, our helicopters, our marine patrol — are looking for Mr. Resiles,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told NBC Miami.
Officials said that Resiles' escape was pre-planned and that it is possible he had accomplices.
Resiles is facing murder charges in the September 2014 stabbing murder of Jill Halliburton Su, a relative to the Halliburton family oil empire in Texas.
The hearing Resiles was attending, before he fled, was to discuss prosecutor’s efforts to seek the death penalty for his case, NBC Miami reported.
Resiles was already known to police prior to being nabbed on the murder charge. His rap sheet includes charges for burglary and grand theft.
The sheriff's office on Saturday increased a reward to $20,000 for tips that lead to Resiles' arrest.