Grayson County teenager accused in crime spree appears on Dr. Phil
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Grayson County teenager, who was accused in a crime spree that stretched across five states, is back in the national spotlight.
On Wednesday, he was shown behind bars, being interviewed by Dr. Phil.
Hayes claimed his girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, was the one who wanted to run away. The 18-year-old says he went along to protect her and that he never knew she was only 13 years old.
“You're not saying what you did was smart?” asked Dr. Phil.
“What I did is not smart by no means. I could have went about it a million different ways,” Dalton Hayes told Dr. Phil.
Hayes and Phillips were on the run for two weeks, accused of stealing vehicles and writing bad checks across five states.
Hayes avoided questions about the crime spree, but did talk about a stolen red truck that was caught on a surveillance camera.
"The red truck, they got me on camera. And if I am released, I will go back to jail just to go to them and tell them that I was sorry,” Dalton Hayes said.
The couple who the red truck belonged to told Dr. Phil they were praying for Hayes and Phillips. Hayes told Dr. Phil he was sorry and appreciated their prayers.
The interview was shot at the Grayson County jail and it has been all the talk in the community of Leitchfield.
On the front page of the News-Gazette the headline said "Inmate to appear on TV" in bold letters.
Hayes' mother, Tammy Martin, says the family was surprised by the national attention.
“Never in my wildest dream would I have thought Dr. Phil's people would be at my door,” said Tammy Martin.
National media dubbed the couple as a modern day Bonnie and Clyde.
“Bonnie and Clyde was kinda like two people that I always liked. I watched a movie Bonnie and Clyde several times. I think the news broadcasters took it out of proportion, cause it was no Bonnie and Clyde. It wasn't nothing like that,” Hayes said to Dr. Phil.
“Certainly that was something that we wanted to quash right off the beginning, because Bonnie and Clyde killed nine people,” said Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins.
Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins says he can't recall a case in Grayson County getting this kind of attention before.
“It's kinda sad because this case got more national media exposure than the murder of Jason Ellis,” said Sheriff Chaffins.
“I would wish that on anybody to worry about what your child is doing. If they're in harms way. It was very, very hard to deal with,” said Tammy Martin.
Hayes had this message for his girlfriend.
“Tell her that I love her. Tell her that her eyes still shine brighter than the stars do. And just tell her that things will be alright,” said Dalton Hayes.
Hayes faces several charges, including burglary, theft and rape.
Phillips is also facing charges, but that will information will not be released since she is a juvenile.
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