Kidnapping Victim Escapes Trunk When Abductor Stops at Gas Station: Cops

The suspect assaulted the woman as she slept, then imprisoned her in his car.

A kidnapped woman in Alabama was able to untie her hands and use an emergency latch to escape from the trunk of a car after her captor stopped at a convenience store, authorities said. 

She had been asleep in her home at about 2:30 a.m. Monday when a man broke into her house, jumped on her bed and began choking her, according to Autauga County authorities. He demanded money, then tied her hands behind her back and forced her into a Ford Taurus.

He threatened several times to stab her, the sheriff's department said. He was identified as Timothy Wyatt, 36, who was free on bail on charges of attempted murder, sodomy and robbery in Chilton County.

Wyatt stopped in a rural area and threw the kidnapped woman into the car's trunk, authorities said. He later stopped at a gas station and left the vehicle next to a fuel pump as he went inside the market.

Surveillance video shows the woman pushing open the trunk lid, jumping out and running for the store. Internal cameras captured her bursting inside and heading for the cashier behind the counter.

Her alleged kidnapper ran out the door when he saw her and sped away in the Taurus. 

Wyatt was arrested without incident Tuesday after deputies found him sleeping in an abandoned building. He now faces additional charges of kidnapping, robbery and domestic violence.

He has not entered a plea on the new counts.

His earlier charges, filed in April, concerned a woman who was choked "multiple times to the point of unconsciousness" and left for dead in the woods, according to Chilton County authorities.