Last Wednesday, a 20-year-old girl attending Midlands Tech in Columbia, South Carolina, was taken by three men. Jordan Dinsmore had just parked her car when the men emerged from nearby trees and pushed her to the ground.
Dinsmore told The State that one of the men had a gun and pointed it at her. The men threatened to pull the trigger if she kept screaming. Just then, the girl remembered the advice that her mother had given her long ago: remain calm, don’t let them get you alone, and try to escape.
Dinsmore complied with the request to stop screaming, and the men took her phone and purse. They forced her into the back of her own car and were about to pull away when they noticed an inconvenience in their plan.
The car that Dinsmore drove was a 2009 Scion with a manual transmission. The problem for the kidnappers was that none of the three men knew how to operate a stick-shift.
According to Dinsmore, one of the men was tired of waiting and fled right then. The other two forced her into the driver seat and told her to go to the nearest ATM.
The girl withdrew $300 and was told to drive to a specific house, where they told her she would be raped. At that point, she knew she had to find a solution to escape.
She said, “I was thinking somehow I have to get out of this. Can I crash the car? No, because it might knock me out and not them. Can I pull over or something? I have to get away from them.”
The girl approached an intersection and made a quick, smart decision. She saw cars coming from the opposite direction. The kidnappers had told her to pull over, but instead, she rolled the car into the intersection, shifted into neutral, and jumped out of the car at 35 miles per hour. Unable to operate the vehicle, the car rolled into the brush and the kidnappers fled on foot.
The kidnappers were located and arrested. Not only were they charged for Dinsmore’s case, they were also tied to six other crimes. Reportedly, all six were racially motivated crimes. Sheriff Leon Lott commented about the crime spree they were a part of and about the comments they had made that were racist against white people.
He said, “This was a crime spree. They would not have stopped. They made a statement that they did not like white people and they were only going to rob white people.”
After the incident, Dinsmore said that she will always choose to drive a manual car.
We are thankful for the safety of Dinsmore and that she had her mother’s wise advice, her manual car, and the protection of God. What do you think about this? Let us know on Facebook. Check out our other recent story of a teenage girl who was hailed a hero after what she did when a robber entered her home.