Chilton County, AL – Video captured the moment that a kidnapping victim escaped from her abductor, after the car stopped at a gas station on Monday.
The incident happened at around 2:30 a.m. when Timothy Wyatt allegedly entered the motel room of the victim while she was sleeping, according to AL.com.
The victim is believed to be an ex-girlfriend of the suspect.
Authorities said that Wyatt climbed on top of the victim and started choking her and demanding money.
The victim’s hands were then tied behind her back, and she was forced into a blue Ford Taurus.
Investigators said that while they were driving, Wyatt threatened to stab the victim, before driving her to a remote area and forcing her to get into the trunk.
Wyatt then drove to a gas station in the 2100 block of Seventh Street South. While Wyatt was in the gas station, the victim was able to open up the trunk and run inside.
The surveillance video shows Wyatt pass right by the victim as she entered, and he fled from the area in his vehicle.
The suspect then texted the victim that he wanted to see her and their children one more time before he died.
Warrants were issued for Wyatt’s arrest on charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, and second-degree domestic violence.
After a day-long manhunt, deputies located Wyatt sleeping in the “old trade school” on County Road 425, according to the Clanton Advertiser.
Sheriff John Shearon credited Deputy Edwin Freeman and Reserve Deputy Justin Smitherman for capturing Wyatt.
Wyatt has now been booked on his warrants with additional charges of attempted murder, robbery, and sodomy under very similar circumstances. He is being held on no bond.
You can see the video of the victim’s escape below: