Kidnapping Victim Says Insulin Pump Helped Her Escape

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 20, 2017

A woman who escaped a carjacker in the U.S. by jumping from the boot of her moving auto says she used the light on her insulin pump to find the latch that allowed her to flee.

Brittany Diggs, a Birmingham nursing student, was abducted at gunpoint last Tuesday night and subjected to a trail of terror before making a dramatic and courageous escape.

Eventually, she was taken to Gas Land on Bessemer Road - at about 11:40 p.m. - where the suspect entered the gas station and tried to withdraw cash from the ATM.

According to reports, Diggs received death threats and was driven around the city before the suspect pulled into a petrol station - where the victim's breakout was caught on camera.

Diggs was ready to spring into action as the gunman climbed back into the vehicle.

Owner Yosef Al Sabah recalled the startling moment to WVTM.

Police are still searching for the man, who Diggs says took many of her belongings, including her phone, credit and debit cards, and her vehicle. With the help of her insulin pump, she was able to find the lever, jump out and save her life!

"I try to put it in the back of my head, so I can just, you know, get through the day", a tearful Diggs said.

"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", aid the 25-year-old. He gets in [and] he's yelling. and I feel the vehicle reversing, and he's pulling out pretty fast, so I'm, like, "Oh shoot - I better get out of here,"' she said.

'I'm holding the latch like this, waiting for him to get back in the auto.

'As he was leaving, I saw the trunk popped up and a woman jumped out of the trunk and came inside the store.

The page says: "This stranger took everything from her and made her get in the trunk of her own vehicle".

The man who kidnapped Diggs remains at large. The victim used Alsabah's phone to call her family, and police arrived shortly after. "I just felt like it was a lot". "That was the scariest thing I've ever had to do", she told NBC News. "It was just a lot because I'm not from here and I don't have a support system down here besides my roommate".

The store owner took the gun from her and assured her the man was not coming back.

Diggs remains traumatized from the experience and a friend has started a GoFundMe page to help her move from the apartment where she was kidnapped.

'Brittany jumped with nothing to lose but also nothing to come back to, ' a friend wrote on the page.

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