INGLEWOOD, Calif. (FOX 11 / CNS) –
After running 26.2 miles in Sunday’s L.A. Marathon, the journey of a runner with autism, kept going.
Twenty-one-year old Romario Snow asked security to call his mom to pick him up at the Santa Monica finish line.
By the time his mom came, Snow had disappeared and his family was in panic mode.
Good Samaritan Selina Barajas, heard about their search to find him.
“It just caught my attention because I have a younger brother with autism,” said Barajas.
She was a complete stranger who felt their pain.
“I kept thinking about him last night and I said a prayer. I said please God find this young man,” said Barajas.
Tuesday morning she was driving to work in Inglewood when a man caught her eye.
“I saw that has limping a little bit – so I kinda figured from the marathon, and also just his mannerisms – something with someone with autism…it triggered my brain to pull over and check,” said Barajas.
Nearly ten miles away from the finish line, her prayers were answered when she ended up finding Romario.
I told him to stay put, you’re going to be ok and we’re going to get your mom. He said ‘I’m looking for my mom,” said Barajas.
With the Inglewood police station right across the street, Selina flagged down two officers driving by, who reunited Romario with his family.
“Better than Christmas. You know, we were very very worried about him. Thanks to her, thanks to her we are reunited again,” said his grandmother, Anita.
Reunited, and now ready for some much deserved rest.
“He’s ok, a little sore after the 26 miles he completed, and we’re going to do some message in his legs and body,” said his sister.
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