Woman Uses Cell Phone To Escape Kidnapper

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A quick-thinking Georgia college student used her cell phone to save her own life.

Jaila Gladden, 21, had just left a grocery store on Sept. 4, 2017, when a stranger kidnapped her at knife point, the Daily Mail reports.

The man reportedly held a knife to Gladden's stomach, forced her into her car, raped her, and tried to drive her to Michigan.

Gladden, a University of West Georgia senior, left her apartment just before midnight and headed to a Kroger grocery store. 

As she left the store with her purchase, surveillance video recorded her walking to her car in the parking lot when she was approached by a man.

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That's when he pulled a knife on her and told her to get in her car, Gladden told BuzzFeed.

He then got behind the wheel, and started driving toward Atlanta, some 50 miles away.

Along the way, the man pulled the car behind an abandoned church, where he raped her.

Once back on the road, the man told Gladden he was driving them to Michigan, and planned to rob a gas station along the way.

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Pretending to help, Gladden tricked him into letting her use her phone, saying the phone's GPS could help him locate a gas station to rob. 

Turning down the brightness of the screen to make it more difficult for the man to see, she then texted her boyfriend, Tamir Bryant, informing him that she was in Atlanta.

When Tamir asked what she was doing in Atlanta, she replied, "Kid napped."

"I immediately realized it was serious," he later said. " She would never play like that. She would never say that for no reason."

So he texted her back: "I'm headed to the police station." 

Then Gladden used her iPhone's "share my location" feature to send him her GPS data, thinking it was "the most logical thing to do."

As a result, Tamir was able to track his abducted girlfriend's location and provide updates for police.

When local police spotted the car, the kidnapper sped off, crashing into some cars and ultimately into a fence.

He escaped on foot, but Gladden was safely rescued by police.

"If I didn't get the location, who knows what would have happened," Tamir later said. "Her doing it on her own -- she was able to outsmart the bad guy."

The suspect, identified as Timothy Wilson, was tracked down and apprehended ten hours after he fled the scene of the crash.

He has been charged with kidnapping, hijacking a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, rape, aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment, and aggravated assault against a police officer. 

He is currently in jail awaiting trial. 

Gladden believes her abduction and rape could have been prevented with better security at the grocery store parking lot. Her lawyer, Rod Dixon, said the Kroger location in question should have had a security guard. A spokesperson for Kroger referred all questions to authorities.

Sources: Daily Mail, BuzzFeed / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Facebook via Daily Mail

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