Intense surveillance footage shows an Alabama woman escape from a reported robbery and kidnapping incident by jumping out of the trunk of a moving vehicle.
The unidentified woman, 25, told police that she was walking to her apartment in Birmingham, Alabama on Tuesday, March 14, when an unknown suspect approached her with a gun and demanded money, the Birmingham Police Department said in a statement.
According to the woman, after she told the assailant she had no money, he forced her to get in the trunk.
The victim, 25, suffered minor injuries when she jumped out of the car, according to ABC.
After the suspect drove to a gas station and convenience store in Birmingham, the woman opened the trunk and escaped, running into the store where she called 911 for help.
Birmingham police have not made any arrests and are still searching for the suspect. They have distributed an image of the man taken from the gas station’s surveillance footage.
According to Sgt. Bryan Shelton, the 25-year-old victim was taken by a suspect outside of her apartment on 4th Avenue South and 38th Street in Birmingham’s Avondale neighborhood around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the suspect pointed a gun at her and demanded money.
The victim was then taken to Gas Land on Bessemer Road at approximately 11:40 p.m., where the suspect entered the gas station and tried to withdraw cash from the ATM.
Yosef Alsabah, the owner of Gas Land, said the suspect tried to withdraw cash several times before approaching the counter and asking for help with the ATM. “He was not right… there was something going on with him,” Alsabah said. “He looked like he had a pistol in his pocket– I kept an eye on him.”
Alsabah said the suspect was trying to withdraw more money than was in the account and was becoming frustrated. The owner told the suspect he should come back later and try again.