Armed Teen Runaways Captured In Perry County

Posted at 1:59 PM, Feb 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 23:48:25-05

Two teens, who were said to be armed runaways, have been found and taken into custody in northern Perry County. The two allegedly set a dangerous trap for officials that was luckily avoided.

According to the Perry County Sheriff's Office, 15-year-old Dominick McClung and 15-year-old Dyson Swett were armed and dangerous. They were found in Perry County just after noon on Friday.

Officials had warned the public a few days earlier of the teens who ran away from the Natchez Trace Youth Facility. They allegedly broke into several camps in the area of Crooked Creek Road in Perry County.

During the alleged break-ins, officials confirmed the two teens stole weapons, including a high-powered rifle, a shotgun, a pistol, and two 22 gauge shotguns.

Authorities said it's believed the two had been going between Humphreys and Perry counties while on the run for the last few days.

Officials said they learned on Monday the two had escaped the previous Friday. By Wednesday, they said they had increased patrols, roadblocks, and voluntary property searches due to the reported break-ins.

Just before noon on Friday, officials said the two were spotted in the Rolling Hills Road area. Teams of deputies and SRT members went into the area and surrounded a structure.

However, authorities said it was discovered the teens had set a trap on the inside of the structure that appeared to be a shotgun prepared to discharge if the front door opened. Luckily, teams decided to enter through a side door, and the teens were in custody by 12:15 p.m.

The two were being held in Perry County on multiple charges.