29-year-old Griffin Barry lives in Cecilville, a northern California community so cut off from the outside world that he had no knowledge of the 5-week-long AMBER Alert and nationwide manhunt for 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, but it was his generosity that kept her and her former teacher 50-year-old Tad Cummins in one place long enough for authorities to catch up to them.
When the pedophile suspect and the teen showed up broke and desperate at a gas pump and bar in Cecilville, Griffin felt like he needed to help them out by paying for their gas and giving them $40 for food.
And when Tad asked Griffin for a place to stay, the young caretaker offered them a nearby cabin.
It was only after a couple days when Griffin’s friend showed him the AMBER Alert poster that he realized that Tad and Elizabeth weren’t the 44-year-old and 24-year-old married couple from Colorado Tad claimed they were.
Griffin informed authorities, who had Griffin call out to Tad from outside the cabin to coax him out, according to The Tennessean.
Authorities were worried about storming the cabin because Tad had two handguns, but after he emerged unarmed, they were able to arrest him and rescue Elizabeth without anyone getting hurt. Tad now faces multiple state and federal charges relating to aggravated kidnapping and sexual conduct with a minor.
Griffin, on the other hand, faces a $10,000 reward for helping end a manhunt that was rife with AMBER Alert tips but lacking in real clues, according to AL.com.
Griffin, originally from the Nashville area, will receive the money from the Thomas family attorney in their hometown of Columbia, Tennessee.
He will also receive an extra $1,000 from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for helping them catch someone on their “Top 10 Most Wanted” list.
Praise the Lord that this young man was able to lead to Elizabeth’s rescue.