Eighteen-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, were arrested without incident before dawn yesterday in Panama City Beach, according to authorities.
The two had eluded police in several states.
“I spoke to Dalton and he was very scared and he wanted to come home,” said Norman Chaffins, the sheriff of Grayson County, Kentucky, where the teenagers live. “He wanted me to come bring him home.”
The teenagers should be extradited back to Kentucky by the end of the week, Chaffins told the Associated Press.
Hayes was scheduled to make a court appearance via video link, according to the Bay County jail records in the Panama City area. Hayes was being held on a charge of custodial interference.
Florida’s Department of Children & Families was called to assist Panama City Beach Police but Phillips was not in the state’s custody, said DaMonica Rivas, a DCF spokeswoman.
“The juvenile has been taken to a safe location until arrangements with the family are made,” Rivas said.
Authorities said the US Marshal’s Service and Panama City Beach Police discovered Hayes and Phillips asleep in a car stolen from Georgia.
In Kentucky, the two teens will face charges including burglary, theft, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.