A woman in Birmingham, Alabama who was kidnapped at gunpoint last week spoke exclusively with TODAY on Monday (Mar 20) about her life threatening encounter.
Brittany Diggs, 25, said the man approached her outside of her home demanding money but after revealing she didn’t have any she was forced into the trunk of her car at gunpoint. She said her abductor drove around the city trying to withdraw cash from her bank accounts with her ATM card.
“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,'” Diggs said.
When the gunman drove her Nissan Altima to a gas station her daring escape was captured on surveillance video. Diggs popped the trunk open from inside and “flopped out,” as she put it.
“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, so I had to put it right on top of it to look and see for the latch.”
Birmingham authorities confirmed Diggs’ account, so did the owner of the gas station, who told NBC affiliate WVTM: “As he was leaving, I saw the trunk popped up and a woman jumped out of the trunk and came inside the store. I let her inside a safe place and locked the door and called the police.”
“Brittany jumped with nothing to lose but also nothing to come back to,” a friend said on a GoFundMe page set up to raise money to help her relocate. “This stranger took everything from her.”‘
Her abductor is still at large.