A woman who was robbed, kidnapped and locked in the trunk of her car for hours by an assailant before making a daring escape has spoken out about the terrifying experience.
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. She told him she didn’t have any and he forced her to drive to another side of town and “he tried to rob two other couples,” Diggs told NBC News. Failing to get any money from those attempts he forced her to pull over. “I kept telling him I’m a broke college student, I don’t have anything.” He then forced her to look in the car’s trunk, which had nothing in it, then made her get inside.
Having found her wallet in the car 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.
When the car got to Gas Land gas station, owned by Yosef Alsabah, the suspect, unable to make a withdrawal from the cash machine there asked Alsabah for help with it, according to AL.com. Meanwhile, Diggs was still in the trunk, but remembered that the latch in the trunk could open it from the inside, so she used her insulin pump light to find the latch.
The frustrated suspect got in the car 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. He’s been trying to rob me this whole time.” Visibly shaken, she crouched inside the station.
“I got her inside and locked the door, then called the police,” said Alsabah. Diggs used the station’s phone to contact her family and police arrived shortly after. She was taken to a hospital by a relative for minor cuts. The car was later recovered.
Diggs remains traumatized from the experience and a friend has started a GoFundMe page to help her move from the apartment where she was kidnapped. “That was the scariest thing I’ve ever had to do,” she told NBC News. She said she spoke to the network in hopes that the suspect would be caught.
Police have released a photo of Diggs’ attacker, but no arrests have been made yet.