LOUISVILLE, KY — Newly released dash cam video from a Louisville Metro police cruiser shows the discovery of a convenience store clerk who was bound and locked in the trunk of his own car.
WLKY obtained the video and an interview the victim gave police immediately after his rescue.
Shawn Bloemer was leaving work at a Circle K in Jeffersontown on Aug. 4 when he was accosted by two men and a woman.
Photo of Shawn Bloemer, 22, kidnapped for four terrifying hours before his expired license plates saved him
The 22-year-old was beaten, tied up, a towel was wrapped around his head and then he was thrown in the trunk.
“Before they closed the trunk, they said, ‘This isn’t personal. We need your car,’” Bloemer said.
Dashcam video: Kidnapped clerk found in trunk
Bloemer told police he was driven around for three hours with his kidnappers making several stops, including one to buy drugs in the downtown area.
As the suspects headed back toward the store and contemplated what to do with Bloemer, a Metro officer pulled over the car and almost immediately became suspicious.
“There was a small gap in the tail light of my car where I could see the red and blue flashing lights,” Bloemer said. “He came back and started asking about insurance; that’s when I began pounding and kicking the hood yelling.”
Not knowing what to expect or who might be inside the trunk, officers pointed their weapons at the back of the vehicle as the trunk was popped.