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  • Brittany Diggs, 25, has been identified as the victim behind last week's dramatic kidnapping in Alabama
  • The nursing student was kidnapped at gunpoint by a man last Tuesday and forced to drive to Birmingham
  • He later took control of the car and locked her in the trunk
  • During a stop at a gas station, Diggs got the idea to use the light on her insulin pump to find the inside latch on her car trunk
  • She then waited until her captor got back in the car and started driving off before popping the door and jumping out
  • Surveillance footage shows the moment she rolled out of the car and then sprinted into the store for help
  • The store owner locked Diggs in a safe place and called 911, but her captor still has not been found

By Ashley Collman For Dailymail.com

Published: 07:57 EDT, 20 March 2017 | Updated: 08:18 EDT, 20 March 2017

The kidnapping victim who bravely escaped her captor by jumping from the trunk of her car has spoken out about the terrifying incident. 

Brittany Diggs, 25, has been identified as the victim from last Tuesday's dramatic kidnapping escape in Alabama.

In an interview with the Today Show, the nursing student said she was kidnapped at gunpoint by a man who forced her to drive to Birmingham and threatened to kill her if she didn't withdraw cash from her bank accounts and ATM card. 

Eventually he took control of the car itself, locking Diggs up in the trunk of the vehicle. 

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Brittany Diggs was kidnapped at gunpoint last week and escaped by using her insulin pump to find the latch inside the trunk she was locked inside  Brittany Diggs was kidnapped at gunpoint last week and escaped by using her insulin pump to find the latch inside the trunk she was locked inside 

Brittany Diggs was kidnapped at gunpoint last week and escaped by using her insulin pump to find the latch inside the trunk she was locked inside 

Surveillance footage shows the incredible moment Diggs popped the trunk and then rolled out while her captor was driving away from a gas station  Surveillance footage shows the incredible moment Diggs popped the trunk and then rolled out while her captor was driving away from a gas station 

Surveillance footage shows the incredible moment Diggs popped the trunk and then rolled out while her captor was driving away from a gas station 

'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,"' she said. 

She said he also threatened to kill her if he didn't get any money.  

It was while her  captor was stopped at another gas station, trying to get more money out of her accounts, that Diggs came up with the idea to use the light on her insulin pump to illuminate the trunk and help her find the inside latch. 

'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.'

She then waited for her captor to get back into the car so she could escape at the right moment. 

'I'm holding the latch like this, waiting for him to get back in the car. 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,"' she said. 

Surveillance video shows the moment that Diggs rolled out of the back of the car just as her captor was speeding off. She then bolted into the gas station and frantically asked for help. 

Owner Yosef Al Sabah recalled the startling moment to WVTM. 

Video started by showing the kidnapping suspect getting out of his alleged victim's car (pictured) Video started by showing the kidnapping suspect getting out of his alleged victim's car (pictured)
The 'kidnapper' was then seen going inside a gas station to try to use an ATM (pictured) The 'kidnapper' was then seen going inside a gas station to try to use an ATM (pictured)

The 25-year-old nursing student says her captor stopped at the gas station to try to get money out of her bank account  

Footage then showed the car driving out of the gas station parking lot (pictured) Footage then showed the car driving out of the gas station parking lot (pictured)
Just seconds later the 25-year-old woman was seen jumping from the trunk (pictured) Just seconds later the 25-year-old woman was seen jumping from the trunk (pictured)

He says if the card failed again that he would killer her. Above, video shows her escaping the car  

The 25-year-old woman was seen hitting the concrete (pictured) after jumping from the car The 25-year-old woman was seen hitting the concrete (pictured) after jumping from the car
She was then seen in the video getting up and running towards the gas station (pictured) She was then seen in the video getting up and running towards the gas station (pictured)

After getting out of the car, Diggs sprinted into the gas station for help  

The woman then ran inside and spoke to a worker (pictured), who allowed her to hide behind the counter The woman then ran inside and spoke to a worker (pictured), who allowed her to hide behind the counter
Another staff member was then seen calling police (pictured) Another staff member was then seen calling police (pictured)

The owner of the store helped her find a place to hide before calling police  

 Above, a frightened Diggs(right)  hides in the store while the owner gets help   Above, a frightened Diggs(right)  hides in the store while the owner gets help 

 Above, a frightened Diggs(right)  hides in the store while the owner gets help 

The man who kidnapped Diggs remains at large. She is speaking out in hopes of aiding in the investigation   The man who kidnapped Diggs remains at large. She is speaking out in hopes of aiding in the investigation  

The man who kidnapped Diggs remains at large. She is speaking out in hopes of aiding in the investigation  

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

The man who kidnapped Diggs remains at large, but her car was later recovered. Diggs was so traumatized by the incident though that she doesn't want to car back, and she hasn't slept in her old apartment since. 

She says she's speaking out about the kidnapping in hopes of helping to track down her captor. 

'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. 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,' she said.   

Diggs' car has since been recovered, but she says she doesn't want to drive it anymore. She is also looking for a new apartment 

Her friends have started a Go Fund Me page to raise money for her to relocate. 

'Brittany jumped with nothing to lose but also nothing to come back to,' a friend wrote on the page.  'This stranger took everything from her.' 

So far, the fund has raised over $5,000.    

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