Dramatic surveillance video shows the moment a kidnapping victim hopped out of the trunk of a moving car in Alabama and dashed to freedom.
A man abducted the 25-year-old woman outside her apartment in Birmingham’s Avondale neighborhood around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Alabama.com reported. The kidnapper pointed a gun at the woman, demanding money, cops told the site.
But when she claimed she didn’t have any, the suspect allegedly forced her into a black Nissan Altima before demanding that she move to the trunk and snatching her cellphone and wallet. Birmingham police Sgt. Bryan Shelton told NBC that the suspect drove “to multiple unknown locations” with the woman still in the trunk, using her card to withdraw money from ATMs.
The suspect pulled up to a Gas Land station at about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday and asked worker
Yosef Alsabah for help using the ATM, the station reported.
Alsabah soon noticed that the suspect was trying to withdraw more money than was in the account.
“He was not right … there was something going on with him,” Alsabah told. “He looked like he had a pistol in his pocket — I kept an eye on him.”
Alsabah advised the man to come back later and try again, but as he started to drive off, the trunk popped open and a woman leaped out and dashed into the store for help.
“I got her inside and locked the door, then called the police,” Alsabah told.
The woman initially grabbed Alsabah’s shotgun — but he cautioned her to be careful and assured her the man would not return.
She then used Alsabah’s phone to call her family, and cops soon arrived, the site reported. A relative brought the woman to a nearby hospital to be treated for a few cuts.