Many of us have watched video tutorials to learn how to apply winged eyeliner or download an app: Now a 25-year-old Alabama nursing student has revealed that she was able to escape from the trunk of her own moving car where she was being held by a kidnapper by remembering a video she had seen on Facebook.
Brittany Diggs’ night of terror began on Tuesday when she was walking to her apartment in Birmingham, and a man pulled out a gun and demanded that she give him money. When Diggs explained that she was a college student and did not have any money, the man forced her into her Nissan Altima and told her to drive him to another part of town.
“He was like, ‘Well, since you don’t have any money, you’re going to help me get money,’ ” she said on Today.
The kidnapper tried — and failed — to rob two other couples, and then demanded that Diggs check her trunk. When he saw that there was nothing inside, he forced her to climb in.
Diggs said that the suspect took her wallet and forced her to to give him her PIN numbers so that he could take out cash from ATMs, and threatened to kill her if she resisted. When the suspect stopped at a gas station to attempt to get cash, Diggs said she was beginning to fear that “he was gonna drive this car into a river, and I’m going to drown here in this trunk.”
Then the student remembered a Facebook video describing how to use a latch to open a car trunk from the inside — and used the light on her insulin pump to find the trunk-release latch in the darkness.
She waited for her kidnapper to get back into the vehicle, and when he accelerated, she pulled the latch, fell out of the trunk, and can be seen running into the gas station on the security cameras. The station’s owner called the police.
The suspect is still at large, and Diggs has said she’s afraid to go back to her apartment, calling the experience “the scariest thing that I have ever had to deal with.”
Main photo: Brittany Diggs [Today/YouTube (screenshot)]