It was the most terrifying moment of her life.
Twenty-year-old Jordan Dinsmore had driven home from a late shift at Buffalo Wild Wings and had just parked at her apartment complex when three young men jumped out from behind some nearby trees. They had a gun.
The men forced Jordan to the ground and took her purse and phone. They threatened to shoot her if she screamed.
She hoped they would just take her things and leave, but then the situation got worse. The men forced Jordan to unlock her car and then motioned for her to get in the back.
“I was pleading with them to just take my stuff and let me go, but they said that I had to come with them,” she said.
When the attackers realized Jordan’s 2009 Scion had a manual transmission that none of them knew how to drive, one ran away, but the others told her to get in the driver’s seat.
Little did she know this would prove to be her saving grace.
The young men told her to drive them to a nearby ATM. She didn’t pull up close enough to the machine, so she had to take her seatbelt off to reach it. She decided not to put it back on.
Jordan withdrew the maximum amount of $300, hoping that would placate her abductors, but they then told her to drive to their “auntie’s” house. There, they said, one of their friends was going to rape her.
Terrified, Jordan tried to figure out how to escape this nightmare. She thought back to something her mom, herself a survivor of attempted assault, had told her years ago.
“I thought back to my mom,” Jordan said as she choked back tears. “She was almost a victim of sexual assault when she was a college student. But she fought back and fought the man off. And I thought, ‘I’m gonna be strong like my mom, and I’m gonna get myself out of this.’”
She remembered her mom telling her to keep a cool head, never let an attacker get her out of a public space, and try to escape.
“If they get you out of the public eye, they’re going to do something worse to you and shoot you anyway,” Jordan recalled her mom telling her.
She began to look for a way to escape.
“I was thinking somehow I have to get out of this,” Jordan recalled. “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 men were telling her where to drive, but she pretended to be confused and purposefully missed one of the turns they told her to take. As the kidnappers shouted at her to pull over, Jordan slowed the car to about 35 MPH, threw it into neutral, opened the door, and jumped out.
As the thugs frantically tried to figure out how to stop the car, Jordan jumped up off the asphalt and began to run away as fast as she could, screaming for help.
“I just screamed, ‘Call 911! Call 911! Someone just kidnapped me and threatened to shoot me!’” Jordan said.
Thankfully, the first car she came across stopped and the woman driving immediately called police and took Jordan to safety.
“The only reason I wasn’t raped and most likely killed was because I kept my head and jumped out of my own moving vehicle on a busy street to get away,” Jordan said.
“Thank you to the kind woman who heard my screaming and stopped her car for me and to Richland PD for responding instantly.”
Thankfully, police were able to find and arrest the three suspects, 17-year-old Raquan Dejoure Green and two 15-year-old males who cannot be named because of their age.
The three teens are believed to be behind a string of racially-motivated crimes specifically targeting white people for armed robbery and assault.
“They made a statement that they did not like white people and they were only going to rob white people,” said Sheriff Leon Lott.
“This was a crime spree,” he added. “They would not have stopped”
Jordan, a criminal justice major at Midlands Tech in West Columbia, South Carolina, said she plans to finish her degree and hopes to one day become an FBI agent. After the calm and collected way she handled this terrifying situation, we think she’d make a pretty good one!