A woman jumped from a moving vehicle in southwest Washington state to escape from her knife-wielding kidnapper early Saturday morning — and then pounded on doors until a family helped her and contacted authorities, KPTV-TV reported, citing the Clark County sheriff’s office.

What went down?

The woman was in her vehicle in Vancouver, Washington, when a man approached and asked her for water, the sheriff’s office told KPTV.

She gave the man water and let him enter her vehicle, and then he threatened her with a knife and took control of her vehicle, authorities told the station.

The suspect then drove to Camas, KPTV said — about 14 miles east of Vancouver. When the suspect slowed down along a dirt road, the victim jumped out and began knocking on doors of homes in the area, the sheriff’s office told the station.

Around 4:30 a.m., a 911 caller reported that a woman was banging on the door of the caller’s home, saying she had been kidnapped, KPTV reported.

Caitlin Martin and her husband, Jamie Woods, told the station they thought someone was trying to break into their house and hurt them and their children.

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What’s more, their 12-year-old daughter Addison was sleeping on a couch just feet from the door, the station said.

“I was shocked because I heard, like, banging on the door and the dogs barking,” Addison explained to KPTV. “And scared because I thought someone was trying to break in, and I saw my dad walk out and [talk] to her.”

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Woods — who took video of the woman outside his home — told the station he was skeptical about her story at first but soon realized she was afraid and needed help.

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He recounted to KPTV that the alleged kidnapper actually drove by his house when he was talking to the woman.

“A white SUV KIA stopped at the stop sign for a couple of seconds and then took off,” Woods told the station. “She grappled on to me for comfort saying, ‘Oh my God, there he is, he’s gonna kill me!'”

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Deputies arrived at the home to take care of the woman, KPTV said.

“Police told us later on the next day that she was, in fact, kidnapped,” Martin told the station. “Then I was fairly happy that my husband was calm in the situation and made sure she was okay. But it was a scary situation.”

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Woods added to KPTV that he’s “just glad that nobody was hurt, nobody was killed. At the end of the day, everybody was safe for the most part.”

The sheriff’s office told ABC News the female victim won’t be identified at this time.


Deputies located the victim’s vehicle after a search, the station said, adding that the suspect initially stopped but then took off to Vancouver, sparking an 11-minute pursuit just after 5 a.m. The pursuit ended when deputies, along with Vancouver police, pinned the vehicle when it came to a stop, KPTV said.

The sheriff’s office told the station the suspect refused to identify himself and that deputies were working on getting his name. The suspect was booked into Clark County jail on charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, attempt to elude, and reckless driving, KPTV said.

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