An Alabama woman made a daring escape from her own car trunk after a kidnapper robbed her and took her at gunpoint.
The incident occurred in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The 25-year-old woman told police she was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced into the trunk of her black Nissan Altima as she walked into her apartment building on 4th Avenue South and 38th Street.
She said the suspect demanded money from her and when she said she didn’t have any money, he forced her into the trunk.
The woman said he took her cell phone and wallet before locking her in the trunk.
About an hour later, the kidnapper stopped at a gas station to withdraw cash from an ATM machine. Yosef Alsabah, the owner of the Gas Land, told police the man asked him for help withdrawing money from the machine.
Alsabah said the man was trying to withdraw more money than was available in the bank account. He told the man to come back later and try again.
“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.”
When the man left and drove off, the trunk popped open and a woman fell out and landed on the ground.
The woman jumped up and sprinted into the store, startling Alsabah, who led her into a back room and hid her.
“I got her inside and locked the door, then called the police,” Alsabah said. Once inside, she grabbed Alsabah’s shotgun to protect herself. He told her to be careful and assured her that the suspect was not coming back.
Alsabah said the woman told him the kidnapper drove her to several ATM machines to withdraw money from her bank account.
The victim was driven to a hospital by a relative for treatment of minor cuts and scrapes.
Most late model cars come equipped with a mechanism to release the trunk latch if the owner is forced into the trunk.
The mechanism is usually a button that remains illuminated even if the car’s engine is off.
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