A 17-year-old boy who was chased after he allegedly threatened a homeowner in Gray and evaded police for 24 hours was caught by Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies in Pownal on Wednesday afternoon, hiding 50 feet up in a tree.

Police had been tracking the boy since 3:35 p.m. Tuesday, after he tried to force his way into a house on Mayall Road in Gray while armed with a knife, the sheriff’s office said. The owner was slightly injured trying to keep the door shut.

The boy, who was wanted on five juvenile arrest warrants, ran into the woods.

Sheriff’s deputies, assisted by officers from other agencies and police dogs, looked for him without success Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the search resumed at 9:45 a.m., after police got a tip that the youth was at the Bradbury Mountain Campground in Pownal. The boy ran when police arrived, and deputies and state troopers spent the next few hours trying to catch him near Hallowell and Libby roads, the sheriff’s office said.

The boy was found at 3:10 p.m., 50 feet up in a tree, and eventually surrendered.

He will be charged with the juvenile equivalent of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

Police also arrested the boy’s girlfriend, Danielle Brown, 22, of 282 Mayall Road in Gray, who was wanted on a warrant for failure to pay a fine, the sheriff’s office said.

Nobody was injured.

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