SHERILLS FORD, NC (WBTV) – The man and woman who were wounded by Catawba County Deputies as they tried to run a road block have been released from the hospital and are behind bars in Newton.
A traffic stop Tuesday afternoon ended with Catawba County sheriff's deputies crouched behind their patrol cars, weapons drawn and firing on a stolen car with two suspects inside.
"They were like a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde," said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.
Just before 3 p.m., the communications center received a call about a possible suspicious vehicle in the southern part of the county.
When a deputy arrived at the scene, a man and a woman, who had no identification to show the deputy, were found standing outside a truck.
When the deputy called in the vehicle's tag number, he was informed that it was registered to a truck that was reported stolen in Georgia and may have been used in an armed robbery in South Carolina.
As the deputy was gathering information, the suspects jumped into the vehicle and took off.
A few miles away, deputies found the truck on the side of the road and the suspects were not around.
Reid said the two suspects ran into the woods and then onto some railroad tracks where they found a maintenance truck on the rails which they rode south for a short time before abandoning it.
As deputies searched for the suspects, another call came in from the Island Point Road area near Lake Norman regarding a possible home invasion.
Reid said his deputies tracked the suspects as they broke into homes, stole cars, abandoned them and would take another. In all, Reid said four stolen vehicles were used by the pair.
Jim Walker said the pair approached him in his backyard workshop and wanted his car keys.
"She was supposed to be pregnant and was losing the baby, but I didn't believe her," he said.
Walker said he offered to call 911 for the couple, but instead, he says Bagwell hit him in the face with a metal object.
"He may have had a gun in his hand or some type of metal thing," said Walker.
Walker said the two then took his keys and stole his PT Cruiser. Before the man left, Walker tried to fight back by emptying a nearly full can of polyurethane onto the male suspect, but that didn't stop him.
The car was found a short distance away in the lake where it apparently had been dumped. At least one more house was broken into and a Jeep was taken, the sheriff said.
As deputies arrived on that scene, Reid said deputies spotted the Jeep as it drove straight toward the deputies who began firing at the vehicle. The vehicle swerved and avoided the patrol cars and headed up Island Point Road.
At another road block, officers fired once again. In all, Reid said 10 to 15 shots were fired by deputies. The suspects, however, did not return fire.
After the left-rear tire of the Jeep was flattened by a bullet, the pair gave up. The male suspect was wounded in the leg and the female suspect suffered an injury to her foot.
The Jeep had almost a dozen bullet holes from pistol rounds to shotgun pellets. The Jeep was later taken to the sheriff's office for processing.
The man and woman told deputies their names were Kevin Dewhurst and Dianne Michelle Dalton. The sheriff's office later learned their real names are Michael Bagwell and Diane Dayton. Both of them are from Georgia.
Bagwell underwent surgery for his wounds Tuesday night and was processed at the Catawba County Jail Wednesday evening.
Dayton, 35, was treated in the emergency room before she was taken to the Catawba County Jail Tuesday night.
Dayton is facing a total of 13 charges and she is being held on a $1 million bond.
Bagwell faces several charges, including multiple break-ins, car thefts, assault and common law robbery. He is being held under in jail under a $1 million bond.
Walker, who has a visible bruise on his left cheek and stitches from the hit he took, said he is still mad over what happened. He said he hopes the suspects "get what is coming to them."
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