Watch the moment a kidnapped woman makes her big escape

Above a frightened Diggs hides in the store while the owner gets help

Above a frightened Diggs hides in the store while the owner gets help

Diggs has yet to sleep in the apartment where she was held at gunpoint by her attacker, but she says she hopes sharing her story will help catch the man who tried to kidnap her.

A woman who escaped a carjacker in the United States by jumping from the boot of her moving auto says she used the light on her insulin pump to find the latch that allowed her to flee.

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 that didn't work, the man, who took Diggs' phone and wallet, forced her into the trunk of the auto and drove to multiple ATMs to use her debit card to get cash from her bank account.

"He was, like, since you don't have any money, you're going to help me get money", Diggs told "Today". This stranger took everything from her and made her get in the trunk of her own vehicle.

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

"He gets in, he's yelling, he's pulling out pretty fast, so I'm, like, 'Oh, shoot, let me hurry up and get out of here, '" she said.

He says if the card failed again that he would killer her. He then forced her to look in the car's trunk, which had nothing in it, then made her get inside. "He's been trying to rob me this whole time".

After telling him she did not have any cash, the suspect took Diggs' phone and wallet before throwing her into the trunk of her black Nissan Altima.

"The victim stated the suspect drove to multiple unknown locations", Sergeant Bryan Shelton said after the incident.

"I try to put it to the back of my head, so I can, you know, get through the day".

That's when he saw the trunk pop open and a woman jump out.

Surveillance video shows the moment that Diggs rolled out of the back of the vehicle just as her captor was speeding off. "But that was the scariest thing I've ever had to deal with", she said. It was just a lot because I'm not from here, I don't have the support system down here besides my roommate. "I don't feel safe here".

Diggs chose to speak out to help catch the person who did this to her. Brittany jumped with nothing to lose but also nothing to come back. Alsabah said the victim had a few cuts on her, and was taken to a nearby hospital by a relative.

At the time of publication, the campaign had raised $5,120 (£4,124) of the $7,000 target.

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