A Columbia woman is recovering after surviving being kidnapped, robbed, and almost raped.
Jordan Dinsmore, age 20, never stopped thinking about options to get away from her attackers during the ordeal, according to The State.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said “She was a victim, but she didn’t allow herself to be victimized, because she did outsmart those guys. She had a plan.”
Before this incident, there had been seven other incidents of armed robberies, carjackings, and kidnappings that had occurred along the Bluff Road and Shop Road areas over the past month.
The sheriff said that all of the reported incidents were racially motivated, that the suspects stated “they did not like white people” and were “only going to target white people”, according to the Post and Courier.
The incident occurred after Jordan Dinsmore left her waitress job at Buffalo Wild Wings at around 12:30 AM Wednesday. When she arrived home to her apartment in the Village of Columbia, she shut off her 2009 Scion, when three men in dark clothing came out of a nearby tree line, approached her, and pushed her to the ground.
Dinsmore said that one of the man pointed a gun at her, and said he would shoot her if she kept screaming. The men took her phone and her purse, and forced her back in her car. The men then realized that her car was a stick shift that none of them could drive.
One man fled, apparently tired of the delay, and the other two forced her to drive to a nearby ATM. Dinsmore said that she pleaded with her attackers to take her stuff and go, but one told her that she had to come with them. They also threatened to shoot her if she screamed or tried to tell anyone that she was in trouble.
She said that she thought about her mother, Beth Turner, who had told her in the past about almost being assaulted in college years ago.
She said she also thought about what her mother had drilled into her: “Stay calm. Don’t let them get you alone. Try to escape.” Her mother had said, “If they get you out of the public eye, they’re going to do something worse to you and shoot you anyway.”
Dinsmore said that she pulled up to the ATM, took her seatbelt off so she could reach the buttons, and withdrew the maximum amount allowed, $300. She left her seatbelt undone, hoping they wouldn’t notice the car’s beeping reminder. One attacker told her they were going to a relative’s house, where she would need to have sex with one of his friends.
She said she continued frantically thinking of ways to get away. Dinsmore said to herself, “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.”
One of her assailants told her to take a right onto Blair Road, but she saw three cars coming from the opposite direction, and ‘rolled her car through the intersection’. The attackers ordered her to pull over but instead she threw the car in neutral, and jumped out of it, at about 35 mph. With the suspects unable to drive a stick shift, they had no way to drive her car back.
She said that she didn’t see what happened to her attackers, and believes they fled on foot. She is beyond grateful to the young woman who stopped to help her, and who she screamed to “Call 911! Call 911! Someone just kidnapped me and threatened to shoot me!”
Dinsmore’s car was barely damaged. Her legs are bandaged from jumping out of her car, and she has trouble sleeping. The Midland Tech criminal justice major, who someday hopes to be an FBI agent, has gone home to Charleston to stay with her parents.
Three arrests have since been made related to the robberies.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said that none of the suspects are cooperating with investigators.
The sheriff identified one suspect as Raquan Green, age 17. The other two suspects are 15-year-old juveniles, whose name can’t be released. Green is in custody under $75,000 bond, charged with armed robbery and kidnapping.
Her mother said, “I don’t want any other mother to get the phone call that I got.” She is continuing to help Richland County investigators, who have nicknamed her “James Bond” for her daring escape. And she remains grateful her assailants didn’t know how to drive a stick shift.
Jordan Dinsmore told The State that she would be driving a manual for the rest of her life.