A former teacher accused of abducting a 15-year-old pupil has been arrested after more than a month on the run. Tad Cummins and student Elizabeth Thomas were tracked down in northern California following a tip-off to police. The 50-year-old, who disappeared with the girl in March, had been charged with aggravated kidnapping and having sexual contact with a minor .
Police had believed Cummins was armed with two handguns, but he was arrested without incident around 9am local time.
The pair were located just outside of Cecilville, in a rural area about 60 miles south of the California-Oregon border, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kelly Giordano said.
Thomas was found safe with Cummins, who is married, after local residents tipped authorities to the presence of the pair late on Wednesday night.
Acting on the tip, Siskiyou County authorities located Cummins’ vehicle early on Thursday morning and dispatched a special response team that found the pair several hours later.
Cummins is being held without bond at the Siskiyou County Jail, police confirmed.
He will be arraigned at Siskiyou County Superior Court, likely on Friday, before being extradited to Tennessee.
Cummins also faces a charge of transportation of a minor across state lines with the purpose of having criminal sexual intercourse, Jack Smith, the acting US attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, said.