Brittany Diggs, a Birmingham, Alabama-based nursing student who was kidnapped, robbed at gunpoint and locked in the trunk of her auto, said that she used the light on her insulin pump to break free from her abductor.
"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", Brittany Diggs, 25, told "Today" Monday morning about her great escape.
Diggs remains traumatized from the experience and a friend has started a GoFundMe page to help her move from the apartment where she was kidnapped.
Diggs says the man forced her to drive and tried to withdraw cash from ATMs before putting her in the boot.
"He was, like, since you don't have any money, you're going to help me get money", Diggs told "Today".
Eventually he took control of the auto itself, locking Diggs up in the trunk of the vehicle.
Cameras in the store showed Diggs taking cover inside as the owner, Yosef Alsabah, locked the door and called police.
"My bigger fear was he was gonna drive this vehicle into a river and I'm going to drown here in this trunk", she said.
Police are still searching for the man, who Diggs says took many of her belongings, including her phone, credit and debit cards, and her auto. She realized there was a latch inside the trunk of her auto.
"I try to put it in the back of my head, so I can just, you know, get through the day", a tearful Diggs said.
As her captor was stopped at a gas station to attempt to get more money from her accounts, Diggs acted fast to escape the risky situation.
The suspect remains unknown and is still at large.
"I feel the auto reversing, and he's pulling out pretty fast, so I'm like, oh shoot - I better get out of here".
Diggs now plans to relocate saying she no longer feels safe in her neighborhood.
Police were able to recover the student's auto, but have not yet located the armed suspect.
Diggs said that after she took money out of her accounts for the man, he continued to threaten her, insisting that she was "lying".
The store owner took the gun from her and assured her the man was not coming back. He alluded to doing vile things which encouraged her to save herself. When the suspect began to drive off, she was able to open the trunk and jump out. She appreciates all of the words of encouragement, love and prayers she has witnessed!
So far, the fund has raised over $5,000.