Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Kidnapped woman reveals how she used insulin pump to escape trunk

Kidnapped woman reveals how she used insulin pump to escape trunk

When Brittany Diggs, 25, was kidnapped by an armed robber and forced into the trunk of her auto, she used the light on her insulin pump to escape and reach safety.

But suddenly, it dawned on Diggs to use the light on her insulin pump to search for the trunk release latch she learned about watching YouTube videos. "So I got the bright idea to use my insulin pump light".

Brittany Diggs appeared on the Today show Monday, describing the terrifying ordeal she experienced on Tuesday when a man approached her with a gun and demanded money while she was walking to her apartment in Birmingham. After making her drive, the man reportedly took control of the vehicle, locking Diggs in her trunk.

"He was, like, since you don't have any money, you're going to help me get money", Diggs told "Today". Visibly shaken, she crouched inside the station. "That was the scariest thing I've ever had to do", she told NBC News. Her captor hit the brakes, but only for a moment, before fleeing in her vehicle.

She managed to reach the store owner, Yosef Al Sabah, who locked the door and called police.

But she escaped his clutches - and tumbled into the national spotlight - after surveillance footage at a gas station caught her leaping from the trunk of her stolen Nissan Altima, and rolling onto the pavement as the kidnapper drove away.

In an interview with the Today show, Diggs recounted her harrowing experience, as well as her clever escape from the moving vehicle.

Eventually, she was told to get in the trunk, and her life was threatened several times. This stranger took everything from her and made her get in the trunk of her own vehicle.

'The whole time he's driving, he's, like, just, he's yelling at me from the front seat, "You're lying".

When the suspect got back into the auto, he pulled out much faster than Diggs said she expected.

That's when he saw the trunk pop open and a woman jump out. 'This stranger took everything from her'.

Police were able to recover the student's auto, but have not yet located the armed suspect. "I'm going to drown here and no one's going to know I'm in this trunk", she recalled.

Alsabah said the man was trying to withdraw more money than was in the account and was becoming frustrated.

'Brittany jumped with nothing to lose but also nothing to come back to, ' a friend wrote on the page. She appreciates all of the words of encouragement, love and prayers she has witnessed!

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