A 20-year-old woman made a daring escape last Wednesday after she was kidnapped and forced to act as a driver for attackers who couldn't operate a stick shift, The State reported.
South Carolina college student Jordan Dinsmore had arrived home from her shift at a local Buffalo Wild Wings at around 1 a.m. when three men approached her with a gun and threatened to shoot her in her apartment parking lot.
After reportedly robbing Dinsmore of her phone and purse, the men threatened to rape her and forced her into her car. Moments later, the men realized they didn't know how to operate the car because it was a stick shift, Dinsmore said.
“I was pleading with them to just take my stuff and let me go, but they said that I had to come with them,” Dinsmore told The State.
One of the abductors fled on foot, while the other two forced Dinsmore to drive to the nearest ATM. While withdrawing money from her account at the ATM, Dinsmore took off her seatbelt — which gave her an idea of how to escape, she said.
"My mom always told me, you know, ‘Don't let them get you alone, because then you have no help, you have no hope for passerby’s to see you or hear you, and you have no help to get out," Dinsmore told WCIV.
The abductors told Dinsmore to drive to the next location where one of the abductors friend's would rape her. While crossing through an intersection, Dinsmore made her escape: She put her car in neutral and jumped out of the vehicle, which reportedly was going 35 mph at the time.
“I just kind of thought in my head, 'Do it, do it, do it,' and then the next thing I know, my hands were on the handle, I was opening the door and I was staring at the pavement," Dinsmore told the station. "When I wake up, I’m just trying to stand up.”
After shouting for help, a passerby stopped and helped Dinsmore. She said she did not see what happened to her attackers, but believed they fled on foot after the car crashed into a brush.
A 15-year-old and 17-year-old Raquan Green were later arrested for their alleged involvement in the crime. The teens are reportedly responsible for a string of crimes in July targeting Columbia-area college students, said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.
One of the investigators nicknamed Dinsmore "James Bond" for her clever escape plan.
Dinsmore said she was thankful her attackers didn't know how to operate a stick shift.
“I’m going to be driving a manual for the rest of my life,” she said.