On Thursday, 25-year-old nursing student Brittany Diggs was kidnapped at gunpoint outside her Birmingham, Alabama apartment, with her attacker demanding money, which she said she didn't have. He then forced her into her car and made her drive around town as he attempted to rob two other couples to no avail.
The man then forced Diggs into the trunk before finding her wallet and demanding her PIN numbers to attempt to get cash from ATMs. Diggs told Today that each time, he threatened to kill her if she did not comply.
"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.
When the man stopped at another gas station to try a different ATM, Diggs said she became increasingly panicked and formulated a plan to escape. She said she remembered a Facebook video explaining how to open a trunk from the inside using a latch, so she used her insulin light to find the latch before jumping out of the trunk when her attacker returned and began driving away.
"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 ran into the gas station and hid while the owner called the police. Her kidnapper is still at large.
“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 I ever had to deal with,” she said. “It was just a lot because I’m not from here and I don’t have a support system down here besides my roommate. I just felt like it was a lot.”
Diggs' friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help her through the ordeal, as she has decided not to go back to her apartment and wants nothing more to do with her car. Her kidnapper was also successful in withdrawing around $100 from her accounts.
[H/T / Today]
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