Runaways caught napping

Two teenage runaways described as a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde after eluding police in several southern American states during an alleged two-week crime spree have been captured.

For Dalton Hayes, 18, and his girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, 13, the end came not in a fatal ambush by police, but when they were found asleep in a stolen bakkie in a seaside town in Florida.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were the infamous Depression-era outlaw sweethearts and gang leaders who were shot dead by police in 1934 after a two-year trail of robberies and murder.

Hayes and Phillips are accused of nothing as serious, but police said they had been alarmed by their increasingly brazen behaviour.

The Kentucky couple allegedly stole several vehicles, two of which contained handguns, while they were on the run.

They were finally discovered sleeping in Panama City Beach, Florida, in a truck that had been stolen in Georgia.

Police officers surrounded the vehicle, fearing a shootout, but the exhausted couple was arrested without incident.

– The Daily Telegraph

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