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Kidnapping Victim Says Insulin Pump Helped Her Escape (Photo)

| by Michael Doherty

A woman who says she was the victim of a kidnapping has shared the story of her remarkable escape using only the light on her insulin pump.

Brittany Diggs, 25, was allegedly kidnapped by a man in Alabama who threatened her with a gun and forced her to drive to Birmingham before locking her in the trunk of her own car, Daily Mail reports. Diggs reportedly managed to escape while her captor was stopped at a gas station, using the light on her insulin pump to find the trunk's inside latch and jump out.

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Nursing student Diggs said she had been kidnapped at gunpoint by the man, who made her drive her car to Birmingham and threatened her life if she didn't empty her bank accounts with her ATM card for him. After making her drive, the man reportedly took control of the car, locking Diggs in her trunk.

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

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Diggs said that after she took money out of her accounts for the man, he continued to threaten her, insisting she was lying about having no more money available.

"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,'" said Diggs, NBC News reports.

After the gunman threw Diggs into the car's trunk, the nursing student, who is has diabetes, said that she had the idea to use her insulin pump's small light to find the latch to open the trunk from the inside, according to the New York Post.

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

As her alleged captor was stopped at a gas station to attempt to get more money from her accounts, Diggs acted fast to escape the situation.

"I'm holding the latch like this, waiting for him to get back in the car," Diggs said. "He gets in [and] he's yelling ... and I feel the car reversing, and he's pulling out pretty fast, so I'm, like, 'Oh shoot -- I better get out of here.'"

The woman threw open the trunk door and rolled out of the car as her alleged kidnapper pulled out. The owner of the gas station, Yosef Al Sabah, came to her aid.

"As he was leaving, I saw the trunk popped up and a woman jumped out of the trunk and came inside the store," the owner said. "I let her inside a safe place and locked the door and called the police."

Police are still searching for the man, who Diggs says took many of her belongings, including her phone, credit and debit cards, and her car. "He had my phone, keys, car, everything. Gone. Like, I literally just had a jacket," she said.

Diggs says she is moving because she doesn't feel safe in her current town anymore.

"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 that I've had to do," 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 just felt like it was a lot."

Sources: Daily Mail, NBC News, New York Post / Photo credit: David Cintron/Flickr, Birmingham Police Department via Daily Mail

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