Teen accused in crime spree charged with statutory rape

23 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Back in Kentucky, Fugitive Teen Dalton Hayes Pleads Not Guilty.

A 13-year-old girl and her 18-year-old boyfriend have been arrested in the US after an alleged two-week crime spree involving stolen cars, guns and, importantly, romance.

Dalton Hayes was returned to Kentucky earlier Thursday and was being held on $250,000 cash bail pending a hearing next week on eight charges including burglary and second-degree rape. But don’t call them Bonnie and Clyde. “We just went on a few high-speed chases,” Dalton Hayes said after he and his young girlfriend Cheyenne Phillips were tracked down several weeks, five states and more than a thousand kilometres from home. Hayes and the girl, whom NBC News isn’t identifying because she’s a minor, were reported missing Jan. 3 in Kentucky and were arrested Saturday night in Panama City, Florida. The pair had been compared to Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the infamous outlaw couple who were believed to have been responsible for robberies and murder before they were shot dead by police in 1934.

Authorities said they led police on a chase through Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, stealing three cars — including one that held two handguns — along the way. Hayes and Phillips’ crimes are not nearly as serious as that but they have been accused of stealing several vehicles containing handguns, using stolen cheques and running from police during a number of high-speed car chases.

In his first interview since being arrested on Saturday night, Hayes rejected the comparison to the outlaw sweethearts whose crimes were made into a movie in 1967. Earlier in the day, the girl’s mother also appeared in Grayson County District Court to be arraigned on a charge of custodial interference for allegedly taking the girl from her father’s home without custodial rights. They first went missing from a small town in Kentucky on January 3 after Phillips revealed she was 13 years old, five years younger than she had led on.

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