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Good Samaritans Speak Out After Helping Find Michaela Bruce

SPRINGFIELD -- We are hearing from two men who law enforcement credit with bringing about a peaceful resolution to that extensive search for Michaela Bruce, 14 and Mark Edwards, 44.

Around 9:15 Friday night, a man and woman matching Michaela and Edwards' descriptions entered the Clark Gas station.

A vigilant customer spotted them and called 911.

Caller: "The people that you have on tv that are on the news, the girl and the guy... they're at the convenience mart at Selma Road and John Street right now.
They're inside the store right now, I just talked to 'em, they're in the store right now."

The man who called, Walter Portman, talked with our crews Saturday afternoon.

"She had a hoodie on, or a jacket on, a green jacket, had a hood on her. They were just kinda hugged up on each other... her arms wrapped around his arms. Real close."

We also caught up with the man who convinced the two to get into his van. He knew Edwards from over the years and felt he had to step in. He asked us to conceal his identity.

"He received me well because I know him and when I picked him up and the young lady, they got in my van, we pulled over and talked. I'm explaining to him that he needs to turn himself in so that the situation can be handled properly," explained the man.

The gentleman knew Edwards could be armed so he was cautious, but this man finally convinced Edwards to let him drive them to the Sheriff's office. But the 911 call was already placed and police were looking for the  van.. Police surrounded them, and took the two into custody without incident. The Good Samaritan says he was happy he was in the right place at the right time.

"It was God's grace, it was all on him because I had been praying, cause I know Mark, I knowing him he wasn't able to hurt her... in the capacity everybody was afraid of. Everyone thought he was going to be vicious and that's not what Mark's about.

The Sheriff thanked the man publicly last night., and plans on publicly honoring him for helping to bring about a peaceful solution.

Michaela is in juvenile detention, charged with complicity to interfere with custody and inducing panic. Edwards is being held on fleeing and eluding, but more charges will likely follow.


 
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