A female victim managed to escape her captor by successfully breaking out of the trunk of a car she was in and running away to get help. Surveillance video captured her escape (video below).
The Alabama victim, 25, had been approached by a man with a handgun on Mar. 14 just outside her apartment building in Birmingham around 10:30 p.m, said Sgt. Bryan Shelton, AL.com reports.
The suspect allegedly threatened her with his gun and demanded money. When the victim replied she didn’t have any money, the suspect took her to her black Nissan Altima and forced her inside, after first stealing her mobile phone and wallet, Shelton said.
He later allegedly forced her into the trunk of the car.
According to KFSN, the victim told police the suspect drove her car and made several stops while she was in the trunk. She assumed her captor was trying to get cash from her cards.
The robber stopped at a gas station at around 11:40 p.m. and tried to withdraw cash from an ATM.
“He was not right… there was something going on with him,” Alsabah said. “He looked like he had a pistol in his pocket — I kept an eye on him.”
The kidnapper then left and was in the process of driving away when Alsabah, watching him leave through the window, saw the trunk abruptly open and a woman hop out.
Using the gas station owner’s phone, she called her family as the two waited for the police to arrive.
She had suffered a few minor injuries and was later taken to a local hospital by a family member to be treated, Alsabah said.
Police are actively looking for the suspect.