Jordan Dinsmore, 20, who attends Midlands Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina, remembered something her mother, Beth Turner, once told her and it allowed her to escape a robbery, assault, and kidnapping.
On the evening of July 26, 2017, Dinsmore was returning home from her waitressing job. As she got out of her 2009 Scion vehicle to walk to her apartment door, she was suddenly approached by three male individuals. She immediately felt that something was wrong in the fast approach of the males and she began to cry out for help. The trio pushed her to the ground and threatened to shoot her if she did not stop stay silent and obey their commands. They then ordered her at gunpoint to get back into her vehicle. At this point, the trio realized that the car was a manual transmission. One of the abductors fled on foot. Since neither of them was familiar with driving a stick shift manual transmission, the two men ordered her to get in the driver’s seat and find the nearest ATM.
update; this is what I’ve gathered from police pic.twitter.com/RWI4NFs4aF
— Jordan (@jedinsmore) July 27, 2017
“My mom always told me, you know, ‘Don’t let them get you alone,” Dinsmore told her local WCIV ABC News 4. “‘Because then you have no help, you have no hope for passerbys to see you or hear you, and you have no help to get out.'”
When she got to the ATM, she unfastened her seat belt and withdrew $300. Dinsmore was then ordered to keep driving and verbally threatened with sexual assault by the two men. Dinsmore took a couple wrong turns and began a plan.
“At that point, I decided that it’s time, and I need to get myself out of this situation,” Dinsmore told reporters at a press conference. “I was thinking, ‘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.”
As she noticed a vehicle approaching from the opposite side of the road, she put the car in neutral and rolled out of the moving vehicle.
“I just kind of thought in my head, ‘Do it, do it, do it,’ and then the next thing I know, my hands were on the handle, I was opening the door and I was staring at the pavement,” Dinsmore told reporters. “When I wake up, I’m just trying to stand up.”
Dinsmore told a woman in the vehicle passing by to call 911 and ran to a gas station that was up ahead of her on the road.
Dinsmore is a Criminal Justice student. She credits her educational training in also helping her out of the dangerous situation she was involved in.
“I always think in my head [that] if I was in this position, would I be able to keep a cool head? Would I be able to get out of it? And I kind of wanted to prove to myself that I could,” Dinsmore said.
Charged with the kidnapping and other violent crimes beginning on July 3, 2017, were 17-year-old Raquan Dejoure Green and two 15-year-old males. The other two males can not be named due to their juvenile status.
At Green’s bond hearing, he claimed that he had “nothing to do with it [the July crime spree/kidnapping of Dinsmore] and that he was just trying to care for his sick mother. Two bonds totally $75,000 have been set for Green. He later was charged in addition to his other charges with possessing a weapon during a violent crime.
One of the juveniles charged in the crimes has also been charged with attempted murder and a charge of assault on a police officer while resisting arrest.
“These are hardcore kids,” Richland County Sherrif Leon Lott said. “These are not the first crimes they had committed.”
In May Green was charged with attempted grand larceny and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was released after the charges were dismissed and then began the crime spree in July.
Jordan Dinsmore, who escaped 2 armed robbers, received the Bobby Tucker Courage Award at the SC Black Belt Hall of Fame Ceremony tonight!! pic.twitter.com/L6MxOlJSzZ
— RCSD (@RCSD) August 26, 2017