The teenage western Kentucky couple that captured the attention of the nation as suspects in a two-week crime spree that spread across the South were found Sunday in Florida sleeping in a vehicle reported stolen.
Cheyenne Phillips, 13, and Dalton Hayes, 18, are suspects in three vehicle thefts, and Mr. Hayes could face charges for taking Cheyenne from her home. Authorities plan to extradite the couple back to Kentucky, where they will face felony charges.
Their "Bonnie and Clyde" tale began on Jan. 3, when Cheyenne's father reported her missing. Hayes was due in court Jan. 5 to face burglary charges related to an arrest late in 2014.
The two had been dating for about three months, and she had been passing herself off as 19 years old, according to Hayes's mother, Tammy Martin. Ms. Martin said she believed her in part because Cheyenne would go into stores, pay with checks, and return with cigarettes.
When Hayes learned Cheyenne's real age, "he was already done in love with her," Martin said.
By Jan. 4, the couple had fled, crashing a stolen vehicle by driving through a cattle farm, police say. From there, police say the two stole a nearby Toyota pickup that had a firearm inside.
They disappeared for a week until a security camera caught them cashing a stolen check at a Walmart in Manning, S.C. Then last Wednesday, the stolen Toyota was found on an abandoned property in Georgia's Henry County while a Toyota SUV was reported stolen nearby. The SUV had two firearms inside.
On Sunday, the two were found sleeping inside the Toyota SUV in Panama City, Fla.
Hayes is currently in jail, while Cheyenne is in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families, according to reports.
There is no scheduled date for either to appear in a Kentucky courtroom.