Your phone may have alerted you on Monday about an Amber Alert out of Auburn, Washington. How was the child safely located? There is actually a very local connection.
NBCRightNow.com - Your phone may have alerted you on Monday about an Amber Alert out of Auburn, Washington. How was the child safely located? There is actually a very local connection.
It was actually the aunt and uncle of one of our NBC Right Now directors that pulled over to help a woman who appeared stuck in the road.
When we spoke with the Greenhalgh's Tuesday they said they were heading home to Everett from a road trip down Highway 2 when they spotted a woman stranded in the road. They always like to help when they can so they stopped and the woman asked for some extra gas. She told them it was an emergency. When the Greenhalgh’s explained they did not have any extra gas she asked for a ride.
The couple had seen Monday’s amber alert on a WSDOT sign and it started to sink in. They were talking to Sandra Bennatts, the amber alert suspect who was on the run. Within seconds sheriff deputies who had already been tailing the mom and her 6-year-old boy surrounded their cars.
"They came up with their guns drawn, told her to get out, she didn't respond, they said get your hands out of the car.' She put her hands out of the car like this," said Esther Greenhalgh.
"We never dreamed in a lifetime that we would drive right up on her," explained her husband Ralph Greenhalgh.
Those pictures were just some of the photos Esther Greenhalgh snapped on her phone as the woman was arrested. The couple told NBC Right Now that they noticed something was not quite right to start when they spotted the woman broken down in the middle of the road going the wrong direction.
"The little boy's safe, that's all I can sa," said Esther.
While the Greenhalgh’s have always tried to help people, they tell us they might reconsider pulling over for a stranger in the future.