As many people know, kids don’t always follow the advice that their parents offer to them. Yet when Jordan Dinsmore found herself in grave danger one night, she took her cues from something that her mom had once told her. That may have been because her mother had been through a similar ordeal when she was roughly the same age as Dinsmore. And just as with her mom, the South Carolina student was determined to escape a cruel fate.
Dinsmore encountered her own nightmare scenario in late July 2017. It came after she had finished her shift at Buffalo Wild Wings at around 12:30 a.m. Having jumped into her car, she then drove to the student apartment building where she lived. What she hadn’t seen before she headed home, however, was the warning that another complex had given to its residents.
Specifically, the neighboring Stadium Suites had revealed to its occupants that local police were looking into stories of armed robberies in the area. But Dinsmore was unaware of the caution when she pulled her car up in her complex’s parking lot and climbed out of the vehicle into near darkness.
Then, as she exited the car, three young men materialized, all dressed in dark colors and quickly making their way towards Dinsmore. And in the resulting commotion, as Dinsmore would later say, she was shoved hard enough to send her falling to the ground. According to the student, one of the men even aimed a firearm at her and warned her that he would shoot her if she didn’t keep quiet.
The individuals reportedly also took Dinsmore’s cell phone and purse. As the student later explained, that wasn’t the end of her ordeal, though. Allegedly, they would also demand that Dinsmore get back behind the wheel of her car. She further said that when she declined, she was again threatened with being shot.
Dinsmore would go on to explain that one of the men had grown restless at this point and so fled. The remaining individuals had stuck around, however, and allegedly forced the young woman to transport them to an ATM. There, as Dinsmore has stated, she took out $300 cash – the limit she could withdraw. According to the student, she then begged to be set free.
“I was pleading with them to just take my stuff and let me go, but they said that I had to come with them,” Dinsmore told South Carolina newspaper The State in July 2017. And she also revealed that she was then commanded to get back into the car and drive northwards.
As they continued their journey, though, it’s claimed that one of Dinsmore’s abductors said they were on their way to his “auntie’s” house. Furthermore, he reportedly told the student that she would be forced to have sex there. Given what Dinsmore claimed she now knew about the situation, she realized that she had to somehow escape.
And during the alleged abduction, Dinsmore has revealed, her thoughts turned to her mother – perhaps a natural response during such a traumatic event. In this instance, though, the 20-year-old remembered some advice that her mom had given her after she had gotten into trouble herself.
Specifically, when Dinsmore’s mom, Beth Turner, had been a college student, she had apparently warded off a potential assault. Having barely escaped what could have been a very traumatic experience, Turner would later explain to her own daughter how she should act if she found herself in a comparable situation.
So, because of her mother’s lessons, Dinsmore recognized that first and foremost she had to keep calm. And now, knowing where her alleged abductors were taking her, she knew she mustn’t end up alone with them. Perhaps most importantly of all, though, she understood that she needed an escape route.
“If they get you out of the public eye, they’re going to do something worse to you and shoot you anyway,” Dinsmore said, as she echoed her mother’s words to The State. Recalling one particular moment of her experience, she also said to the newspaper, “I knew at that point I had to get out.”
But with her mom’s advice in the back of her mind, Dinsmore had a plan. As she later recalled, when she got to the ATM, she had unbuckled her seat belt in order to reach the machine. As she drove off again, though, she didn’t refasten the belt – even though there was the real risk that one of her captors would identify the vehicle’s safety warning.
“I was thinking somehow I have to get out of this,” Dinsmore would recall to The State. “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.” Then she was reportedly instructed by one of the men to take a right turn.
And it was at this moment, Dinsmore has said, that she spotted her chance and “accidentally” missed the turn. The student has also revealed that when her alleged kidnappers told her to pull over, she had instead selected neutral, slowed the car to 35 mph, opened the door and leaped out of the vehicle.
Then, after a small tumble, Dinsmore reportedly got up and made her way towards a nearby gas station. And when a woman driving another vehicle passed by, the student flagged her down to ask her to call 911. As for Dinsmore’s alleged assailants? Well, the 20-year-old didn’t witness what became of them. She told The State, though, that she assumes that they ran away from her car after it had headed off the road.
Then, when Dinsmore was finally safe, she called her mother. As Turner would later recall to WCBD, “The phone rang at one o’clock in the morning – it was Jordan. The first thing she said was, ‘I’m okay. I’m okay. I’m okay.’” After that, Turner traveled all the way to the city of Columbia to be with her daughter.
In the end, three teenagers – a 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds – were arrested in relation to Dinsmore’s kidnapping and robbery. Furthermore, police had reason to believe that the young men were connected to further robberies, kidnappings and carjackings reported to have happened in the area during July 2017.
Meanwhile, Dinsmore, who is studying criminal justice in order to work for the FBI, has since credited both her studies and her mom for her escape. She said at a press conference held in the light of her attack, “I thought back to my mom. She fought back and fought the man off. And I thought that I am going to be strong like my mom, and I’m going to get myself out of this.”
And, as it happens, Dinsmore’s mom was happy that her daughter had actually taken on her advice. “You know, as a parent, you tell your kids stuff all the time,” Turner told WCBD. “You don’t know what they’re listening to, you don’t know what they’re paying attention to. And to hear that she was actually listening, and that’s what was with her in her head… that feels really good.”