Police say Brittany Diggs, 25, was abducted in front of her apartment in Birmingham, Ala., on March 14 by an unidentified suspect who pointed a firearm at her and demanded money.
A woman who escaped a carjacker in the U.S. by jumping from the boot of her moving auto says she used the light on her insulin pump to find the latch that allowed her to flee.
"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 told Today.
According to Sgt. Bryan Shelton, the woman was taken from 4th Avenue and 38th Street in Avondale, Alabama Tuesday night around 10:30 p.m. while walking up to her apartment. When Diggs told him she didn't have any money, she says he forced her to drive him around in her auto while he tried to rob other people.
Having found her wallet in the vehicle and getting her to give up her ATM card PIN number, the suspect went to at least three different locations, using her card to take money from cash machines.
Eventually he took control of the auto itself, locking Diggs up in the trunk of the vehicle.
Birmingham police confirmed Diggs' account, as did Yosef Al Sabah, the owner of the gas station where the young woman broke free.
After several failed attempts using her bank card, the robber said he would try one more time, and that he would kill her if it didn't work. He then forced her to look in the car's trunk, which had nothing in it, then made her get inside.More news: OR getting huge lift from Tyler Dorsey at the best possible time
Diggs knew that she needed to escape from the dark trunk before something worse happened.
"I'm holding the latch ... waiting for him to get back in the vehicle".
The suspect remains unknown and is still at large.
"I saw the trunk popped up and a woman jumped out of the trunk and came inside the store".
Surveillance footage of Diggs jumping to freedom.. I let her inside a safe place and locked the door and called the police, ' he said. "That was the scariest thing I've ever had to do", she told NBC News. It was just a lot because I'm not from here, I don't have the support system down here besides my roommate. A friend established a GoFundMe page to help her with the expenses of moving. "I just felt like it was a lot".
The store owner took the gun from her and assured her the man was not coming back.
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