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Woman kidnapped by gunman hiding in back seat

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A Columbus woman is kidnapped at gunpoint and forced on a scary ride with her attacker -- all in an effort to rob her of her car.

She says the suspect was waiting for her, hiding in her backseat.

The 33-year-old woman asked WTVM not to reveal her identity for her safety.

After a quick stop at a convenience store on North Lumpkin Road on her way to work Wednesday morning, she realized she was not alone in her car.

"Come to find someone in the back of my truck with a gun and I didn't know they were back there because I didn't look," she said.

A man wearing a black ski mask had snuck into the back seat of her Cadillac Escalade, waiting for the moment to strike. She says he held a gun to her head and told her if she didn't do what he said, he would shoot her.

Following his orders, she got on Interstate-185.

"In my mind, something kept telling me this guy could torture me, kill me, whatever. I told him he could have the truck, just let me go. He was like, 'Just drive' and that's all I could do was drive. I was just praying, asking God to help me, to let me live."

The victim drove all the way into Harris County at gunpoint. She says she didn't know where the masked man was taking but she didn't want to find out. When she tried to stop the SUV, she says he only made her drive faster. After a struggle at the wheel, she lost control of the car, hitting the tree line head on.

Once the car crashed into a tree near mile marker 31, she says the suspect jumped out and took off. The victim was left with minor injuries.

"I'm blessed. I'm very blessed."

And she has some advice for other unsuspecting drivers:

"Pay attention and look in the their cars before they get into it and just pay attention to your surroundings."

The victim wasn't able to provide police with a detailed description of the gunman since he was wearing a mask and a hooded sweatshirt but the kidnapping remains under investigation by the Columbus Police Department, Georgia State Patrol and Harris County Sheriff's Office.

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