The kidnapping victim who bravely escaped her captor by jumping from the trunk of her car has spoken out about the terrifying incident.
Brittany Diggs, 25, has been identified as the victim from last Tuesday’s dramatic kidnapping escape in Alabama.
In an interview with the Today Show, the nursing student said she was kidnapped at gunpoint by a man who forced her to drive to Birmingham and threatened to kill her if she didn’t withdraw cash from her bank accounts and ATM card.
Eventually he took control of the car itself, locking Diggs up in the trunk of the vehicle.
‘The whole time he’s driving, he’s, like, just, he’s yelling at me from the front seat, “You’re lying. I know you have something. Give me your money,”‘ she said.
She said he also threatened to kill her if he didn’t get any money.
It was while her captor was stopped at another gas station, trying to get more money out of her accounts, that Diggs came up with the idea to use the light on her insulin pump to illuminate the trunk and help her find the inside 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,’ Diggs said. ‘So I had to put it right on top of it to look and see for the latch.’
She then waited for her captor to get back into the car so she could escape at the right moment.
‘I’m holding the latch like this, waiting for him to get back in the car. He gets in [and] he’s yelling … and I feel the car reversing, and he’s pulling out pretty fast, so I’m, like, “Oh shoot – I better get out of here,”‘ she said.
Surveillance video shows the moment that Diggs rolled out of the back of the car just as her captor was speeding off. She then bolted into the gas station and frantically asked for help.
Owner Yosef Al Sabah recalled the startling moment to WVTM.
‘As he was leaving, I saw the trunk popped up and a woman jumped out of the trunk and came inside the store. I let her inside a safe place and locked the door and called the police,’ he said.
The man who kidnapped Diggs remains at large, but her car was later recovered. Diggs was so traumatized by the incident though that she doesn’t want to car back, and she hasn’t slept in her old apartment since.
She says she’s speaking out about the kidnapping in hopes of helping to track down her captor.
‘I try to put it in the back of my head so I can just get through the day, but that was the scariest thing that I’ve had to do. It was just a lot because I’m not from here, I don’t have the support system down here besides my roommate. I just felt like it was a lot,’ she said.
Her friends have started a Go Fund Me page to raise money for her to relocate.
‘Brittany jumped with nothing to lose but also nothing to come back to,’ a friend wrote on the page. ‘This stranger took everything from her.’