Words: Elle Griffiths
A quick-thinking young woman has described how she managed to miraculously escape from a kidnapper after he locked her in her own car boot.
Brittany Diggs, 25, explained how a Facebook video and her insulin pump helped her get to safety after she was attacked and kidnapped at gunpoint in Birmingham, Alabama.
The nursing student told Today that the man approached her while she was walking to her apartment. He held a gun to her head and asked her for money.
When she said she had none he forced her into her car and demanded she drive to another part of the city.
She recalled: “He was like, ‘Well, since you don’t have any money, you’re going to help me get money.'”
He then attempted to rob two couples and threatened to kill her if she did not give him her pin number before locking her in the boot of her car and withdrawing cash from several different cash machines across the city.
Her captivity is believed to have lasted hours.
Scared for her life, believing her assailant might drive her car into a river and leave her to drown, Diggs recalled a Facebook video she had once seen explaining how to escape from inside a boot.
She told NBC: "I remember seeing a video on Facebook about how to find a trunk's release latch. So I got the bright idea to use my insulin pump light."
And with the help of the light from her diabetes treatment aid, she was able to find the latch and run out across a petrol station forecourt where she sought help.
Diggs added that she is deeply shook up from the incident and hasn’t slept in her apartment since.
She said: “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.”
The daring escape was captured on CCTV cameras at the petrol station and her car was later discovered nearby, but the suspect is still at large.
Birmingham police told local reporters: “We're working really hard to get this guy identified. I have no doubt that his days on the street are numbered.”