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Nashville man who befriended AMBER Alert subject, suspect helped in California arrest

Griffin Barry, a Nashvillian living in California, called in the 911 tip regarding AMBER Alert subject Elizabeth Thomas and her accused captor Tad Cummins. (KTVL)

Siskiyou County deputies said a Nashville man living in California who befriended Tennessee AMBER Alert suspect Tad Cummins and subject Elizabeth Thomas assisted in Cummins' arrest on Thursday.

Authorities said they received a tip about 9 p.m. Wednesday regarding Cummins vehicle, a Nissan Rogue, in the Cecilville area. Cummins, 50, was wanted for the aggravated kidnapping of his former student Thomas, 15. A nationwide BOLO had previously been issued for Cummins, who was also put on TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted List.

SEE ALSO: Crinimal complaint against Tad Cummins details AMBER Alert timeline

Cecilville is a rural mountainous area of the country about 68 miles from the county seat of Yreka. Griffin Barry, a Nashville man living in California, called 911 after noticing the pair staying at the cabin. According to the tip, Thomas and Cummins were staying in a cabin off of Eddy Gulch Road. There's no cell phone service in this area.

The map below shows all know locations given by prosecutors or law enforcement during the timeline of the AMBER Alert.

The original BOLO suggested that Cummins could be armed with two guns, which prompted the response of the tactical Special Response Team.

SRT officers established a perimeter around the cabin and arrested Cummins upon his exit from the cabin. Deputies said Barry assisted in the arrest. Cummins was taken into custody without incident. Deputies also found two loaded guns inside the cabin.

Deputies said Thomas exited the cabin behind Cummins and was she detained at the scene for her protection. Thomas appeared to be in good health, although authorities said in a news conference Thursday that she was "emotional" toward officers. She is now is custody of FBI agents at the Redding, California office. Thomas will undergo a forensic interview and receive the care that she needs.

Cummins will be arraigned Friday at 10 a.m. PST. Deputies said Cummins is facing local charges of kidnapping and possession of stolen property. Those and other charges are pending review by Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus.

“I would like to commend the citizens that played a role in bringing Mr. Cummins’ activities to our attention, which led to a response by members of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office. I am proud of the men and women of this Department that played a role in this potentially dangerous surveillance and arrest, especially the Special Response Team responsible for the safe and successful resolution of this 6-week ordeal. The SRT worked in freezing weather conditions but resolved this mission without anyone getting hurt, which was a good day for our Department, the female victim, and her family. Like any major crime perpetrated against a young teenager, this case is a difficult one and will plague the victim, her family, friends, and the law enforcement officers and agents involved in the case for years to come. On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to the victim, her family, friends, and the all involved law enforcement officers and other members of the justice system as this investigation continues to achieve justice for all concerned.”



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