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An Alabama woman is lucky to be alive – thanks to a Facebook video. A week ago, nursing student Brittany Diggs was forced into the trunk of her own car by a man demanding money. Diggs was terrified, until she remembered watching a Facebook video that explained how to get out of a car trunk via a latch newer cars have inside their trunks. reports:

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.


When the student said she didn’t have any money, the man forced her into her Nissan Altima and told her to drive him to another part of town.

After unsuccessfully trying to rob two couples, the suspect demanded Diggs check her trunk before telling her to get inside, she said.

The kidnapper then found her wallet and demanded her PIN numbers to withdraw cash from ATMs, threatening to kill her if she didn’t comply.

She recalled, “Every other thing he said was ‘or I’m going to kill you.’

The suspect became increasingly frustrated after he failed to get cash at several ATMs. He stopped at a gas station to try another, and Diggs said panic started to set in.

“My bigger fear was he was gonna drive this car into a river and I’m going to drown here in this trunk,” she said.

Then the student remembered a Facebook video describing how to use a latch to open a car trunk from the inside. She used the light on her insulin pump to find the latch in the darkness and waited for her kidnapper to get back into the vehicle.

When the suspect got back into the car, he pulled out much faster than Diggs said she expected. Still, she pulled the latch and tumbled out of the trunk, a harrowing escape that was caught on the gas station’s security cameras. She was able to run into the gas station store to hide while the owner called police.

With the suspect still at large, Diggs doesn’t feel safe enough to return to her apartment.

“I try to put it in the back of my head so I can just get through the day, but that was the scariest thing I ever had to deal with,” she said. “It was just a lot because I’m not from here and I don’t have a support system down here besides my roommate. I just felt like it was a lot.”

A GoFundMe page has been created to help Diggs pay for moving, hospital fees and attorney costs.

PHOTOS: ‘Today Show’ screenshot, surveillance video screenshot

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7 thoughts on “Facebook And Insulin Pump Help Abducted Woman Free Herself From Car Trunk

  1. Thank God she is safe and had the intelligence and presence of mind to escape! Most victims are not so fortunate. Crime victims deserve compensation and there should also be more reward money as an incentive for us “po’ folks” to help the police catch criminals. Law enforcement, the courts and our local governments should do a better job of providing reward money and telling us how to get it by posting “wanted” photos and reward amounts on the internet. If we want safe neighborhoods we need to do our job as citizens, and reward money would sure come in handy in these tough times! I bet this guy was a repeat offender who should have been wearing a GPS monitoring device. Why wasn’t he? If all criminals had to wear GPS devices when they are released on probation or parole, we could keep an eye on them when they are in OUR neighborhood and catch them right away if they mess up again!

  2. Miss E on said:

    I am really glad she is safe, unharmed (for the most part) and was able to think in a terrifying situation. I understand the Go Me Fund to help with her moving costs and possible hospital costs, but the article doesn’t tell what she need the attorney fees for…she was the victim. Unless she needs someone to represent her interest through the legal ordeal with the police and court? IDK, just curious.

  3. redbone1954 on said:

    Really glad she is ok. Yes in most newer cars the trunk release glows in the dark and you can release the truck. Thanking God for her safety

  4. Mia.P on said:

    I hope they catch that fool and put him away for life hope he don’t do it to someone else. And I’m glad she alright.

  5. Diane on said:

    Wow, what an ordeal. I’m glad she was able to free herself. I hope they find the culprit. Kudos to her for having the strength, the knowledge, and the will to survive such an horrific ordeal. I wish her nothing but the best.

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