Sheriff says Broward County courthouse escapee 'armed and dangerous'

$20,000 reward offered for information leading to arrest of Dayonte Resiles

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Broward Sheriff's Office deputies continue to search for a murder suspect who ran out of the Broward County courtroom Friday in a planned escape.

Waist shackles, handcuffs and bailiffs didn't stop Dayonte Resiles. He ran through the swinging door and out of courtroom 4810, dropping his striped jumpsuit and handcuffs in the hallway.

The 21-year-old murder suspect managed to run down the stairs from the fourth floor of the downtown Fort Lauderdale courthouse. Surveillance video showed him wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts when he pushed open the exit door about 9:35 a.m. 

"This escape was preplanned," Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said during a news conference Saturday. "We know that Resiles had accomplices."

Israel said on Saturday and he described him as "armed and dangerous."

Israel said Crime Stoppers was offering a $10,000 reward for information that could lead to the capture of Resiles. Ron and Lauren Book donated $10,000 more -- making the reward $20,000. Law enforcement nationwide has been notified, Israel said, and deputies have been distributing flyers and posters with Resiles' picture. 

Resiles escaped as he was waiting for his hearing before Judge Raag Singhal. He is accused of killing Jill Halliburton Su, 59, two years ago at her Davie home.

On Sept. 8, 2014, Davie police officers found Su's nearly naked body in the master bedroom's bathroom. A window was broken. Her body had multiple stab wounds and her hands and feet were tied. The knife was outside by the front door.

Israel said he believes Resiles is "armed and dangerous."

Resiles has several tattoos. His left hand has a tattoo of "Kerry" and his right has "La' Shay." His upper left arm  has "Hood Stars" and his right arm has "Angel" and "Carol."

Anyone with information about Resiles' whereabouts is asked to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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