Surveillance footage captured the remarkable moment of a kidnapping victim in Alabama escaping from the trunk of her alleged abductor’s car. After the attacker stopped for gas, she was able to open the trunk from the inside.
Timothy Wyatt, 36, allegedly entered the woman’s home in the middle of the night Monday and began to choke her as she slept. When the victim woke up, Wyatt allegedly demanded money before tying her hands behind her back and forcing her into a Ford Taurus. According to NBC4i, Wyatt threatened to stab the victim as they drove. At some point, he allegedly forced her into the trunk.
While stopping at a gas station, the victim managed to escape the trunk, authorities said. According to Inside Edition, she untied her hands before using the emergency latch from inside the trunk. Surveillance video reveals the dramatic moment the victim pushed open the trunk, jumped out and ran inside the store for help.
Cameras located inside the store showed her running into the store and toward a cashier. Wyatt saw her come into the store and appeared to immediately run out the door.
The Chilton County Sheriff’s Office said they later captured Wyatt. They found him sleeping inside an old school building on Halloween. He now faces kidnapping, robbery and domestic violence charges. Wyatt has not entered a plea.
In April, he was accused and charged with choking a woman "multiple times to the point of unconsciousness" and leaving her in the woods to die, according to Chilton County authorities.