Alabama kidnapping

Alabama police arrested a career criminal in connection with the armed robbery and kidnapping of an Alabama nursing student who made a daring escape from her car trunk.

Manuel Towns was arrested and charged with kidnapping in the first degree, robbery in the first degree and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, according to NBC News.

The incident occurred in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14.

Brittany Diggs, 25, 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, robbed her of her wallet and cell phone and forced her into the trunk of her car.

"The whole time he's driving, he's, like, just, he's yelling at me from the front seat, 'You're lying. I know you have something. Give me your money.'," Diggs told the TODAY Show on Monday.

Towns drove around to various banks in Birmingham, using Diggs' pin number to withdraw money from ATM Machines.

When he pulled into a gas station to use the ATM machine, Diggs used the light on her insulin pump to illuminate the interior latch to pop the trunk.

Diggs jumped out of the trunk and fell on the ground as Towns pulled away from the gas station.

She ran into the gas station where the owner hid her in a back room until police arrived.

"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," Diggs said. "So I had to put it right on top of it to look and see for the latch."

Most modern cars have illuminated trunk latches that remain lit even when the engine is turned off.

A judge set Towns' bond at $500,000 and he will have his first court appearance within 48 hours, the district attorney's office said.

  • CrunchyBlack1

    damn folk! he musta had 48 hours ot pay back the plug, for him to pull this f*ck sh!t

  • goat

    I'm so glad she's ok and they caught this dusty a$$ nicca. I usually don't wish prison on a brotha, but I hope he rot in prison.

  • Buttercup
  • Armymom20

    thank God they caught him..I know she relieved!

  • sunni_daze

    Her smart thinking saved life

  • Taylordanes

    wow lock him under the jail!!!

  • nucynu25

    lmao ..bruh

  • nucynu25

    His eyes tell the story.

  • Dr. P

    I'm glad she's safe and he's off the street

  • missk85

    my goodness....thankfully she's ok

  • Gamer?? Chick

    Won't be do it hope they rob his mouth and azzz in prison. Scaring that lady like that.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Usually when somebody is this bold, they've done it before.

    I'm sure authorities are looking at other cases that he may have had a hand in. Hopefully he hasn't taken any lives.

  • Taylordanes
  • CaliVirgo

    All black??

  • pynkrose407

    Glad she was able to get away!

  • Quitedeliteful

    I'm glad this lousy mofo is off the street. This is probably not the first time that he has terrorized women. With his bail at half-a-mil at least women everywhere can breathe easy because he's not getting out no time soon. I would wish that Bubba and 'em would jack him up in prison but he seems to be the booty snatcher so he'll fit right in...

  • Lenina Just Lenina

    Why did Erin delete her account?

  • Lovezoe

    Relisha been missed for years now. First pic

  • nucynu25

    MOSTLY blk ..some spanish

  • Lenina Just Lenina

    Everybody black was talking about that at work. And I'm too mad and scared. Those babies!!!!! Bring them home!!!! Why no coverage why no alerts??? Wtf is going on??? Right here??!

  • casiepriest33

    If he would done that to me, I would have been busting as soon as he opened the trunk. My DDDs let me conceal alot of shyt all the time. I keep it strapped. I'm glad this lady is okay.

  • nucynu25

    I did a recap last post.

  • CaliVirgo

    Someone told her to stop being a lazy sum a bish or something of that nature

  • Quitedeliteful

    They sure do. He looks like a cold-hearted mofo... His eyes look dead - no feeling no nuthing....

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    I hope they are found soon and found unharmed

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  • PettyEyezPrime

    Every time I read this I ?

  • Lenina Just Lenina

    I saw that but I didn't know she was gonna delete. She been here mad long.

  • Lenina Just Lenina

    I mean................

  • MsVAllDay

    Glad they caught this idiot!

  • CaliVirgo

    EYE KNOW RIGHT..I.never thought fen would let someone run her off

  • CaliVirgo

    Gone now pep..gone?

  • CaliVirgo

    They doing what they did in get out or harvesting the body's so yt folk can live longer..yup

  • nucynu25

    She'll be back.

  • NegraGata

    GOOD - I'm glad they got his ass...some people like being locked up because then they are free to let men suck them off, or they suck off another man, or even a little butt banging...sorry SOB!!!

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty


    Pull the trunk release. All American cars made after 2002 are required to have a trunk release inside the trunk, thanks to a national law.[1] If you're lucky enough to be in one of these cars, and your abductor was dumb enough to overlook it, find the release and pull it down or up, as the model may require. It will usually be a glow-in-the-dark handle located near the trunk latch, but it may also be a cord, button, or toggle switch, or a handle that does not glow in the dark.


    Escape through the backseat -- if the driver leaves the car. Some cars have back seats that fold down to allow access to the trunk. Generally the release for these seats is located inside the car, but there may be one in the trunk as well. If not, try to push, kick, or pry the seats down, and then climb out. If there's a kidnapper involved, make sure he's nowhere to be found, or you won't climb your way to safety by getting into the backseat, just inches away from your abductor.


    Pull the trunk release cable. If the car is equipped with a cable trunk release that can be operated from inside the car (usually by a lever near the driver's seat), you may be able to pull the cable and open the trunk latch. Pull up the carpet on the floor of the trunk, or pull of the cardboard paneling, and feel for a cable. It will typically be on the driver's side of the car. If no cable is there, search along the side of the trunk. If you locate a cable, pull on it (pulling toward the front of the car) to open the trunk. Pulling the cable toward the front or side of the car will pull up the release handle on the trunk.[2]

    If there are pliers inside the trunk they may help you grip the cable


    Push out the brake lights. You should be able to access the brake lights from inside the trunk. You may need to pull or pry a panel off to get to them. Once you have access to them, rip the wires out of them. Then try to push or kick the lights through so that they fall out of the back of the vehicle. You can then signal to motorists or passersby by sticking your hand out through the hole.

    Even if you're unable to push the lights out, if you disconnect the wires, you increase the chance that whoever is driving the vehicle (if you've been abducted) will get pulled over by the police for a faulty brake light or taillight.

  • KarmaBackAround

    Praise God for sparing this young woman's life.. he was a sicko and I'm glad he did not harm her. But 500,000 bail ? that's bull.. he should not have a damn bond

  • Mrs Mary

    He look crazy as a bat bug!

  • Jussjess25

    What a horrible ordeal! God bless her for getting away. Why couldn't just take the money and leave? What an animal.. I hope the lock his crazy ass up forever sick bastered

  • Chicagowise

    Too bad she didn't have a gun concealed on her. I'd pay good money to see him open that trunk and get blown away!

  • Disqus_year4016

    He look crazy and he look gay like he give head with them lips

  • Disqus_year4016

    What I'm trying to understand is y she didn't run the first time he took her to the atm machine? Do people be around these atms to use it? Hey, long as she alive and well off.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Wait, this MF gets bond after this? No, you get to stay in jail until court date, trial, etc.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    I think it's important to know NOW where the latch or button is located in your vehicle.

  • Maxima

    Too much damn crime against black women and children from black men.Chris Rock said he wasn't worried 'bout Al-Queada 'cuz he was worried 'bout Al-Kracka. Well, I'm worried 'bout Al-Ni**a!

  • 2brefrank

    She needs to consider being on S.W.A.T or needs to be in a movie doing her own stunts! She is a true G! He THOUGHT he he's going to go to jail for foolishness.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Most modern cars have illuminated trunk latches that remain lit even when the engine is turned off.

    Never knew this.

  • Yoni7

    "GET OUT!"

    I just watched a video on a young BLACK man by the name of Jason Smith, who was found in a lake down in Mississippi. His dad said that by the time he got back in town to get to the coroner, they had already taken all of his organs.

  • Diva4lyfe

    now that is messed up. how the heck u going to take my child organs and I am not there to see him.

  • Imma?????

    But I hope he gets his ass beat in jail Effin thief.

  • Imma?????

    But I hope he gets his ass beat in jail Effin thief.

  • Chaundra Holcey

    its more like a glow in the dark latch....

  • fRAktal Reality

    @Maxima - Wait,I wasn't ready for it... ooooh-weee!

    Claude Ham Mercy!

  • Toni ToniToni

    Agreed. This NIJA doesn't even belong on the streets. I would hope that noone would wanna bail that EFFER outta jail!! EFF HIM. He can rot ion jail for all I care!

  • fRAktal Reality

    What's going on D.C.? Is this a revisit to the days of the Atlanta child murders? Where is our self-worth? Can we not protect our children, our daughters? Have we not learned from Haiti that physical weapons are useless against ANCESTRAL FORCES?

    We require a complete overhaul of our memory/mind map to THINK creatively to solve problems. Forces can remedy problems permanently.

  • YellowSauce

    UNDER the jail ...

  • Queen B

    Really?! What kinda cars y'all driving

  • Lenina Just Lenina

    What's your email? You have one you share or use recreationally? What is it

  • CaliVirgo

    This is my email?sorry shat didn't post lord come get meh when you come back in give it to yoj

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