BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A 25-year-old woman is recovering from minor injuries after authorities said she escaped her kidnapper.
According to Sgt. Bryan Shelton, the woman was taken from Fourth Avenue South and 38th Street in Avondale Tuesday night around 10:30 while walking up to her apartment.
The suspect, an unknown man, approached her and pulled out a gun. Shelton says he demanded money, and when she told him she didn’t have any, he forced her into the back of her car. He later made her get into the trunk of her vehicle.
The victim told police the suspect drove to multiple unknown locations. Police believe he was using her card to get cash from ATMs.
The victim was able to escape at a gas station on Bessemer Road. When he began to drive off, she was able to open the trunk and jump out. She then ran inside the gas station and called 911.
Her black Nissan Altima was located Wednesday morning on Third Avenue West.