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Nabbed Kentucky Teen Dalton Hayes Tells Cops He’s ‘Very Scared’

Cops Hunt for Kentucky Teens on a Crime Spree 2:02

One of the Kentucky teenagers caught in Florida after an alleged crime spree and two weeks on the run told police after his arrest that he was "very scared" and wanted to go home.

Dalton Hayes, 18, and his girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, 13, were found sleeping in a Toyota Tundra and arrested without incident early Sunday in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Hayes was held behind bars while Phillips was placed in the care of state child services. Hayes was due to appear in court on Monday, NBC South Florida reported.

Authorities believe their travels took them to South Carolina and Georgia.

After his arrest, Hayes spoke to Norman Chaffins, sheriff of Grayson County, Kentucky, where the teens live. "He was very scared, and he wanted to come home," Chaffins told The Associated Press. "He wanted me to come bring him home."

Hayes and Phillips face burglary, trespassing and criminal mischief charges after they allegedly stole several vehicles, the latter of which had two handguns in the backseat. Phillips will be treated differently because she is a minor. The pair likely won't be sent to Kentucky until at least Tuesday.

Hayes' mother, Tammy Martin, told NBC News she spoke with her son by phone and he said he was ready to "face the consequences."

"Not knowing where they were has been extremely difficult for all of us," she said. "[But] I was happy that they were found and no harm was done."

Phillips' father said he was "exhausted" by the situation, while her mother, Sherry Peters, said she was "excited" that Cheyenne was "safe."

- Alexander Smith, Debra Preitkis-Jones, Miranda Leitsinger and Elisha Fieldstadt

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.