Good Samaritan speaks out after finding boy

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PEORIA, Ill. — A good Samaritan is speaking out after finding a missing boy walking down the road.

Joe Peterson and his son were driving home from work, when they saw 13-year-old Marcus Mize walking down a country road.

Peterson realized that Mize might be autistic and called police.

Mize had been dropped off by a CityLift in Morton, over ten miles away from his home in Peoria.

“There were a couple cars that went by, I mean, didn’t do anything. And that’s where we were worried, especially with my wife and I having five kids,” Peterson said.

Mize’s grandmother, Bertha Jackson, says her grandson is traumatized.

“He just ran and hugged me and I was just overjoyed that he was back and he just kept saying ‘No country’,” Jackson said.

Police say Andre Walker, the 27-year-old CityLift driver, has arrested on charges of endangering the lift and health of a child.

Peterson thinks CityLift needs a better vetting process for their drivers.

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