Kidnapping Victim Reveals How a Facebook Video Helped Her Escape Car Trunk
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 2:45
After making her drive, the man reportedly took control of the auto, locking Diggs in her trunk.
Nursing student Brittany Diggs explains how she managed to escape from the trunk of her auto after being kidnapped.
When she replied that she didn't have any, "He was like, give me your pin number or I'm going to kill you". 'So I had to put it right on top of it to look and see for the latch'.
"I just got the bright idea to use my insulin pump light, which is not a bright light, but it was bright enough to see", she added. After telling him she did not have any cash, the suspect took Diggs' phone and wallet before throwing her into the trunk of her black Nissan Altima.
Diggs was kidnapped at gunpoint last week by a mysterious menace who drove her around Birmingham, trying to steal from her bank accounts and threatening to kill her, she and police said.
Her escape was corroborated by Birmingham police and the owner of the petrol station, Yosef Alsabah, who told NBC affiliate WVTM: "As he was leaving, I saw the trunk pop up and a woman jumped out of the trunk and came inside the store".
The frustrated suspect got in the vehicle and began to drive off, but as he left, the trunk popped open and Diggs jumped out of it, running into the gas station yelling, "Help me, please help me".
The auto was later recovered.
"He gets in, he's yelling, he's pulling out pretty fast, so I'm, like, 'Oh, shoot, let me hurry up and get out of here, '" she said.
Though she survived, Diggs is still rattled by the incident and plans on moving away from Birmingham as soon as possible.
Surveillance video shows the moment that Diggs rolled out of the back of the auto just as her captor was speeding off.
The suspect remains unknown and is still at large.
"I try to put it to the back of my head, so I can, you know, get through the day".
In an interview with the Today show, Diggs recounted her harrowing experience, as well as her clever escape from the moving vehicle. Hours into her captivity, he pulled into the parking lot of Gas Land in Bessemer.
Diggs chose to speak out to help catch the person who did this to her.
Alsabah says that the woman had been cut during her abduction and that a relative brought her to get checked out by medical staff.
'Brittany jumped with nothing to lose but also nothing to come back to, ' a friend wrote on the page.
So far, the fund has raised over $5,000.