Panama City Beach, Florida, was the city that finally ended the crime spree of Dalton Hayes and Cheyenne Phillips, where the teen lovers-turned-criminals were taken into custody by local law enforcement on January 18.
Reuters reports that Dalton Hayes is in custody in Grayson County jail, just outside of Louisville, Kentucky. Hayes, 18, faces a laundry list of charges as a result of the crime spree he and Cheyenne Phillips, 13, allegedly committed while on the run this past January. In addition to statutory rape charges for his involvement with Phillips, Hayes also faces charges of burglary, theft, custodial interference, criminal mischief, and criminal trespassing.
After fleeing Kentucky, Hayes and Phillips had been witnessed throughout their interstate crime spree, which encompassed South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. In an interview set to air on Wednesday, Dalton Hayes told Dr. Phil that he never expected to avoid capture permanently.
"I knew we were going to get caught... I knew what I was facing after she had told me her real age. I knew what I would come home to."According to the Washington Post, Hayes has filed a plea of not guilty to all of the charges and contends that he was deceived by Cheyenne Phillips.
"See she told me she had a truck, she had a license, she had all that good stuff," Hayes said in an interview. "She said: 'I'm 18. I'm not lying to you.' I said, 'alright.' She had fake IDs she'd show me. She had job stuff she'd show me."
Hayes added that Cheyenne was unrealistic and saw their actions as a big joke. She didn't seem to understand the consequences of the crimes they were committing.
"But she thought it was all a joke," Dalton said. "She would laugh about things. She would think everything is funny. And it just so happens, when we were arrested, not everything is funny."
Interviews reveal that even Hayes himself lacked the proper prospective, idealizing the film retelling of Bonnie and Clyde, as played by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in the 1967 classic. Although they never threatened anyone with a gun, Inside Edition reported that Hayes saw himself and Cheyenne Phillips as a romanticized, if updated, version of the infamous couple.
"Bonnie and Clyde were kind of like two people I really liked. I watched the movie Bonnie and Clyde several times. I think news broadcasters blew it out of proportion."For those unfamiliar with these "Natural Born Criminals," Inquisitr covered the story in January, when the two teens were first reported missing.