This is the heartbreaking moment when a model scrambles to rescue her son from their car after she was hijacked with a knife by armed robbers who trapped her on Snapchat.
Courtney Slater, 21, was ambushed after her boyfriend Brandon Higgins advertised designer Louis Vuitton sunglasses on Snapchat.
The couple were supposed to meet a potential buyer in Gorton, Manchester, but three masked mobsters would ambush her in the street while Miss Slater waited in their Renault Clio.
A neighbor caught the hijacking on camera as Mr Higgins was chased away before Miss Slater was dragged out of the car screaming, “Please, my baby.”
Footage shows Courtney Slater, 21, being dragged out of her car after her boyfriend Brandon Higgins was chased away by two men with knives
Courtney Slater, 21, has spoken out after being dragged from a car with a knife to her throat when her vehicle was stolen in broad daylight
She ran to the back of the vehicle to rescue her son Lekai, who was strapped into his car seat before the mobsters drove off and Miss Slater rocked the baby by the side of the road.
Miss Slater relived her ordeal today when Brandon Smith, 21, of Wildclough, Hyde, Kaydn Jones, 18, of Salford and Tyrese Chisholm, 18, of Manchester were incarcerated after pleading guilty to theft.
“These guys just came out of nowhere, one tried to stab my friend and the other had a knife to my throat. I started screaming and crying and thinking, ‘Oh my god, Lekai is in the back. What if he gets in the car and takes Lekai with him? I will have to be stabbed.”
“I just thought as long as my kid was safe that was all I cared about. He said to me: “Get the child from behind” and pushed me. I tried to run away but my legs were jelly but I walked to the rear passenger door and grabbed my baby as these guys got in the car.
Shocking footage captures the moment Slater was dragged from her vehicle by a knife-wielding attacker
Slater said her first thought when the brutal thieves put a knife to her throat was for her toddler, who was sitting in the back of the car.
“I barely had time to pull Lekai out of the vehicle before they drove off. At one point, Lekai was strapped in, but these people didn’t care – they just started driving.
“It was terrifying – all I could think about was keeping Lekai safe. I really thought I was going to get stabbed because I couldn’t voluntarily leave the car with my baby in it.’
The incident took place on 17 June after Mr Higgins advertised the sunglasses and a Louis Vuitton man bag for sale and was contacted later that day and agreed a price of £400. He offered to meet the potential buyers at home at 3 p.m. and passed on their zip code.
Harrowing footage shows Slater exiting the vehicle and rushing to save her baby while the thief sits in the driver’s seat
Slater and her two-year-old son were stranded at the crime scene in Gorton, Manchester on Thursday night
But just before 7 p.m., the victim received a message from the buyer that “they” were at the top waiting to meet. The pair then proceeded to the agreed upon location before Chisholm lunged at Mr Higgins with a knife and chased him away before turning on Miss Slater.
Chisholm demanded that the woman get out of the car before holding a knife to her throat and grabbing her jacket to pull her from the driver’s seat.
Miss Slater was given only seconds to free her son from the car before all three men fled the scene in the vehicle. Multiple items, including two iPhone 12s, designer Dior trainers, and the Louis Vuitton bag and sunglasses were stolen along with the vehicle.
The car was later found dumped.
Terrifying footage showed two men getting into the car as Slater rushed to get her two-year-old son off the back seat
Police used cameras to track down the gang. Smith was sentenced to three years and three months in prison, while Jones, who also admitted to possession of a knife, was given three years and six months. Chisholm was imprisoned for a four-year prison term. He also admitted to driving while disqualified and threatening a person with a knife in a public place.
After the case, Det Sgt Helen Fletcher of Greater Manchester Police said: ‘This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim and his partner and for her young child who had to watch his mother being dragged from a car with a knife.
Fortunately, no one was injured during the robbery, but the end result could have been much worse. I’m glad we were able to get a conviction for all three men and I’m sure they’ll have plenty of time to consider their actions behind bars.
“I hope this is a clear warning to anyone who thinks they can commit any form of violent robbery and get away with it without consequences.”