Auburn boy from Amber Alert found safe, mother arrested

Staff writerMay 5, 2014 

Authorities say 6-year-old Mason Bennatts-Miller was abducted at knifepoint by his mother, Sandra Bennatts.

A woman who allegedly abducted her 6-year-old son from his Auburn home was arrested Monday after a high-speed chase near Stevens Pass.

A Chelan County sheriff’s deputy found and arrested Sandra Bennatts, 34, just after noon after she stopped on U.S. Highway 2 and tried to flag down other drivers. Her son, Mason Joseph Bennatts-Miller, was safe inside her 2009 Acura RDX.

An Amber Alert, which was issued about 9 a.m. Monday, was canceled.

Authorities said Bennatts forced her way into her mother’s home in the 39700 block of 186th Place Southeast Sunday night, tied her up, ransacked the house and fled with the boy, holding the child at knifepoint. The grandmother was able to free herself after several hours and called 911.

Police warned that Bennatts, who failed in the past to gain custody of Mason, could be armed with a gun taken from her mother’s house.

Authorities feared Bennatts could be headed for Mexico, but a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy spotted her just before noon and began chasing her. The deputy broke off the chase after several minutes out of safety concerns because of the high speed of the pursuit.

A Chelan County deputy spotted Bennatts near Milepost 66 and took her into custody.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653
stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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