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Family of man wanted for murder pleads for him to stop running

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Mancuso's aunt wants him to turn himself in. Mancuso's aunt wants him to turn himself in.
SANDPOINT, Idaho -

The family of 32-year-old James Mancuso, who’s wanted for murder in North Idaho, is asking that he turn himself in.

"Let's end this peacefully, James,” said Amy Dexter, Mancuso’s aunt. “Just come home. You have somebody that loves you, you have a family that loves you." 

Dexter says she hasn’t seen her nephew for 15 years, but says she remembers Mancuso as a kind and gentle young man.

"He was a very loving little boy,” said Dexter. “And that’s what I remember, and I think my brothers and sisters would agree.”

Idaho Police spotted Mancuso driving on Highway 95 Wednesday night. After a short chase, Mancuso and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Ashley Ford, escaped. The two are still at large.

"You have no idea what you're doing or where you are going.” said Dexter. “I've been there and it's not worth the run."

Dexter says she doesn't know if Mancuso is guilty or not, but says running isn't helping his case.

“Our heart goes out to the other family that this has happened to and we feel their pain,” she said. “I just want people to know he's not the monster everyone is saying he is. He's just a lost kid who needs help."

Bonner County Sheriff’s deputies say Mancuso and Ford are presumed to be armed and dangerous. If you see them you are encouraged to call 911.

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