Brittany Diggs, a 25-year-old nursing student from Alabama, was abducted last Tuesday at gunpoint by an unknown assailant. Kidnapped from outside her apartment, the man forced Briggs to drive around Birmingham demanding she withdraw cash from her bank accounts at ATMs across the city. Insisting that she had nothing of value to offer, the man accused her of lying, demanded she pull the car over and pop the trunk, and then forced her inside. Surveillance footage showing her escaping from the trunk of the car as it sped away from a gas station made national headlines last week.
In an interview with the Today show, Diggs explained how her captor had repeatedly threatened to kill her as she drove, even using her as the getaway driver while he attempted to rob two other couples. Following several failed attempts to withdraw cash, the kidnapper became agitated and demanded she get in the trunk before making one last attempt at a gas station ATM, Diggs said.
A law passed in 2000 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration required that all commercial vehicles with trunks must come equipped with release latches in the event that a passenger (or child) becomes trapped inside. Having remembered watching a video on Facebook about the safety latches, Diggs explained that she used the light from her insulin pump to help her search the interior of the car trunk. Parked outside a gas station, she waited for her captor to start the car and begin to drive off before pulling the latch and rolling out the back of the vehicle to safety. Running inside the station, the attendant on duty hid her in the back of his store before calling the police. Her harrowing escape was caught on tape by the gas station’s security cameras but as of yet, her assailant has not been identified.
With all of her personal identification stolen, Diggs has decided to relocate as she now feels unsafe in the city and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help subsidize her move. Hear Diggs tell her frightening story in her own words in the video below.
Read the full story at NBC News.