Friday, February 23, 2018

Armed Juvenile Runaways Taken Into Custody In Perry County

LOBELVILLE, TN- Two 15-year-old runaways that were considered armed and dangerous were captured Friday afternoon by the Perry County Sheriff's Office. The teens allegedly set a trap for officers with a loaded gun.
Over the past few days, the Perry County Sheriff's Office has been actively searching for two teens that ran away from the Natchez Trace Youth Academy.  

That facility is located near the county lines of Humphreys and Perry County.

Dominick McClung and Dyson Swett were taken into custody in a rural part of northern Perry County known as Pond Hollow.

The runaway teen had several guns and knives in the cabin with them when they were captured.

They had set a trap by pointing a .22 rifle at the front door and had it rigged to fire if the front door was opened.

According to the Humphreys County Sheriffs Office's Facebook, "This is the FOURTH time they have escaped in the last month and a half."

"Over the last few weeks, there's been an enormous amount of taxpayer dollars used to assist in the apprehension of these kids from a private facility. This is just the tip of the iceberg to an ongoing problem. I truly hope this brings to light some of the issues and this facility steps up to do what needs to be done." said Davis.

Larry Morrisett, Acting CEO, Natchez Trace Youth Academy, issued the following statement " The two adolescent resident patients who eloped from Natchez Trace Youth Academy (NTYA) last week have been safely and peacefully apprehended by local authorities. They will be transported to their respective home states and will not be returning to NTYA. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the Sheriff’s Office and other authorities who led the response efforts, along with support from our NTYA team, to apprehend the patients. We also want to thank local neighbors for their support, for tips provided, and for their patience over the past days. Natchez Trace Youth Academy is a 117-bed behavioral residential treatment center (RTC) serving adolescent males 12-18 years of age. Our most important responsibility is and always will be the well-being of our patients. We are committed to our mission of providing high-quality treatment programs and services to patients with special, and sometimes complex, mental health needs. We have been in operation for over 17 years."

The runaways were captured without incident and no deputies were injured.

Perry County Sheriff Nick Weeems says he plans to ask that the teens be charged as adults.