TRUSSVILLE, AL (WBRC) - Bessemer police arrested a man Sunday night who is suspected of hiding in the backseat of a woman's car parked at Target, kidnapping her at gunpoint and forcing her to drive to several areas in Birmingham while robbing her of cash and belongings.
Trussville police identified the man as 28-year-old Siergfield Paul Gibbs from Birmingham. Warrants for his arrest charged him with first-degree kidnapping and robbery.
He being held at the Jefferson County Jail without bond.
Captain Jeff Bridges said surveillance video was the key piece of evidence used in identifying him.
"Some really good police work by our detectives that worked hard on this the last couple of days, reviewing a lot of video from the stores here in Trussville. They were very helpful in coming to terms with this and finding out who this fellow was. We're 100 percent sure we've got the right guy," Bridges said.
The incident happened around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at the Super Target parking lot in the 1600 block of Gadsden Highway in Trussville.
Police were called to the Target on the report of two car break-ins. While officers were inside the store, looking at surveillance video to try to pick out the culprit, the same man continued to lurk in the parking lot.
Police say Gibbs actually got back into one of the cars he'd broken into and raised the hood to make it look like he was working on that car. The car he was pretending to work on was next to the kidnapping victim's car.
Police said the victim, a 40-year-old woman, returned to her car after shopping and loaded up her groceries. She left her door open while she returned her shopping cart to the corral.
Officers said surveillance video shows Gibbs then slid into the woman's car and hid in her back seat, waiting for her to return. When she got inside, Gibbs pointed a gun at her and demanded that she drive.
Police say Gibbs forced the woman to drive to several ATMs and stores in the Birmingham area and robbed her of cash and other items.
Bridges said they believe Gibbs held the woman for at least two hours.
Police are still trying to determine exactly where Gibbs went and what happened during that time.
After about two hours, investigators say Gibbs got out of the vehicle in an area unfamiliar to the victim and ran away. The victim was unharmed but shaken by the ordeal, police said.
Captain Bridges said the woman is very blessed that she wasn't hurt in this situation. He said if you ever feel uneasy, to go ahead and call police.
"You don't even have to leave your name. Just say, 'Hey. Something doesn't seem right here.' And leave, go away from the situation. Don't be nervous about calling police. They'll look into it. That's what they're paid to do," Bridges said.