An 11-year-old Arkansas girl was found safe after she reportedly stole $10,000 in cash from her grandmother, called a cab, and asked to be driven hundreds of miles to Florida to visit a boy.
According to reports, Alexis Waller decided to run away from her home in Bryant, Arkansas last week and hitchhiked to Little Rock. Upon arriving in Little Rock, the 11-year-old proceeded to hail a cab and ask to be taken to Jacksonville, Florida, which was 830 miles away. The driver asked her if she had the $1,300 cab fare and she said yes, as the young girl had just stolen $10,000 in cash from her grandmother prior to running away.
Understandably, Waller’s parents feared that she was kidnapped and immediately called police upon discovering that she was gone. Right away, police took action and began investigating her whereabouts. During their investigation, they were able to obtain phone records and traced the girl’s calls to the cab company in Little Rock, which in turn led them to the cab driver who told police they had already reached the suburbs of Atlanta.
Waller’s parents immediately got in the car and drove nine hours to pick up their 11-year-old daughter, who says she was regretting the decision to run away by that point.
“I knew I made a mistake after a while and I didn’t have a phone,” Alexis Waller said to KARK News.
The cab driver said he had no idea that Waller was 11 years old when he agreed to drive her and claimed that her makeup made her look 17 or 18. Still, Waller’s parents are now pushing for legislation that would require cab drivers to ask customers for identification, especially if they are underage.
As for Alexis Waller, she is back home in Arkansas safe and sound, although not without punishment. Her father has reportedly grounded her and taken away both her cell phone and makeup privileges. The cab driver reportedly will not face any discipline from the company he works for, and Waller’s grandmother doesn’t plan to press charges for the stolen money.
The boy in Jacksonville, whom she met on a trip two years prior, claims he knew nothing about Waller’s travel plans.