Griffin Barry, a California cabin caretaker who called police after alleged kidnapper Tad Cummins showed up and asked him for work, received a $10,000 reward on Friday in Columbia, Tennessee.
Barry, a Brentwood, Tennessee, native, moved to California with hardly any money to get a fresh start. When Cummins, 50, arrived with teen, Elizabeth Thomas, and asked for assistance, Barry obliged because he remembered how people helped him out when he arrived at the remote area of Cecilville, California. Barry ended up filling Cummins’ gas tank up, giving him $40, and offering him a small cabin to stay in.
Yet, after a neighbor recognized Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas from a news report, he alerted Barry, who immediately called the police. Barry’s fast thinking led to the capture of Cummins and the rescue of Elizabeth.
For his efforts, Barry was given a $10,000 reward, funded by Cummins’ former co-worker, Chandler Anderson. Barry also received an added bonus of $500 from Crime Online‘s very own, Nancy Grace.
Nashville man living in California who gave tip leading to capture of Ted Cummins, safe return of Elizabeth Thomas about to receive $10k reward! HOW WE GOT HERE: http://bit.ly/2pGCuxj
Posted by WZTV FOX 17 News, Nashville on Friday, April 28, 2017
Barry stood silently beside the Thomas family lawyer, Jason Whatley, who presented him with the reward and commended him for a job well done. When asked what he was going to do with money, Barry said he’d likely “save it.”
Meanwhile, Cummins is behind bars awaiting extradition back to Tennessee. He faces charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. The U.S. State Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee also filed a federal charge against Cummins for the “transportation of a minor across state lines with the intent of having criminal sexual intercourse.”
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