Police arrested an Alabama man after startling footage captured the moment that a woman climbed out of what authorities believe was the suspect's car during an alleged kidnapping attempt (video below).
Timothy Jabbar Wyatt, a 36-year-old who was wanted on kidnapping, robbery and burglary charges, was taken into custody early in the morning of Nov. 1 following a traffic stop, reports the Montgomery Advertiser. He also faces a charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
"We are very relieved to have this dangerous man off the streets," said Autauga County Sheriff Joe Sedinger, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. "He was extremely dangerous. And we would like to thank the Chilton County Sheriff's Office, and all other agencies, who assisted in the search and capture of Wyatt."
The video shows a car stopped at a gas station in Clanton, Alabama, notes WSFA. The suspect gets out of the vehicle and enters the attached convenience store. While he is inside, the victim manages to pop the trunk open and hop out before running into the store and approaching the attendant.
At that point, the suspect, believed to be Wyatt, spots her, runs to his car and speeds off.
The footage provides a clear image of the man who had reportedly been in contact with the victim and sent a text saying that he wanted to see her and the children before he dies, although the exact nature of their relationship is not known.
"We located his car yesterday ... and ran down some leads as to what part of the county he might have been hiding," CCSO Assistant Chief Deputy Shane Mayfield said, according to The Clanton Advertiser. "We have had other cases involving him and knew he likes to frequent [a trade school in the area]."
Officers found Wyatt, who has in the past faced charges for kidnapping, domestic violence and robbery, sleeping at that school.
According to reports from the sheriff's office, Wyatt climbed on top of the victim while she was sleeping, restrained her hands behind her, told her to give him money and then put her in his Ford Taurus before driving around the countryside, notes the Montgomery Advertiser.
Wyatt then reportedly issued a number of threats at the victim and placed her into his trunk, driving for an unknown amount of time before she escaped.
"This is what it’s all about: Bringing fugitives like this to justice," said CCSO Sheriff John Shearon, notes The Clanton Advertiser.