BENSON, N.C. (WNCN)—A missing Cary 5-year-old has been found after an AMBER Alert was issued on Wednesday, according to police.
North Carolina Highway Patrol said it received a call around 6 a.m. from a driver who was behind a silver Lexus “believed to be involved” in the AMBER Alert. This was on I-40 east near mile marker 306.
After confirming the car was involved in the AMBER Alert, troopers said they attempted a traffic stop but the suspect sped off.
After a chase, troopers were able to “position their vehicles around the suspect vehicle and safely slow the suspect vehicle to a stop,” according to officials.
Cary police said “Amani Jada Bruce has been safely located. The NC Highway Patrol located Amani Bruce and her mother Crystal Walston safely in Benson, NC.”
Troopers said Crystal Beatrice Walston, 38, was taken into custody without incident.
Cary police said Walston has been charged with one count of abduction of children.
Police also stated that Walston could possibly face other charges.
An AMBER Alert was originally issued Wednesday at 8:38 p.m.
CBS 17 previously reported that Walston also has previous state charges of assault on a child and felony breaking and entering from Sept. 2021, the Department of Corrections confirmed. She faced 18 months of probation for these charges.
Earlier Wednesday, Cary police found a stolen UNC REX vehicle that Walston had stolen.
CBS 17 also previously reported a source with Raleigh police confirmed Walston was a patient at UNC Rex with an involuntary commitment order. The source also said she left the hospital, drove to a Cary house off of Rosedown Drive, for her daughter and took off.
“On Wednesday afternoon, a behavioral health patient stole a hospital vehicle from UNC Health Rex in Raleigh. In the process, one hospital employee suffered minor injuries, but they are fine. We appreciate the assistance of Raleigh Police, who worked closely with our hospital security team.
Following this type of incident, UNC Health Rex reviews our policies and procedures, and looks for ways we can improve. Our top priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our teammates and our patients.
Unfortunately, violence aimed at health workers is becoming all too common across the country. Earlier this year, a UNC Health task force began developing and implementing new strategies to keep all of our hospitals, teammates, patients and visitors safe.”