Lessons Learned From Kidnapping Victim

By: Lauren Squires
By: Lauren Squires

A strange man gets in your car and tells you to drive. What do you do next? One Omaha woman says it happened to her and now she wants everyone to have a conversation.

“I’ve never seen him before in my life,” said Ricki Brison.

Monday night, just after 11:00, a stranger got into Brison's car.

“At first he seemed drunk and disorderly. So I didn't think anything of it, he did not harm, he wasn't being physical or any threats were given,” said Brison.

The man, later identified as Adrian Ross, forced her to drive around Omaha.

“We drove all over. I was speeding. I’m sure some of the traffic cameras in Omaha caught me speeding. Leaving a couple of red lights, I was just trying the best that I could to get pulled over,” said Brison.

Brison says she tried to give signals to drivers. She communicated with her husband once, using a code word and he called 911. Police eventually pulled her over and the confrontation ended.

Trevor Thrasher, with 88 Tactical, says Brison’s situation could have been avoided with awareness.

“Your mind set is although it's a peaceful area there is a chance that you could be attacked,” said Brison.

He says you should always lock your doors, even when you're waiting. Be sure to look around, check your mirrors and be aware of your surroundings. If someone enters your car, he says you should try to get out.

“Every situation is different but I would definitely recommend not letting them take you to a secondary location,” said Thrasher.

“If this situation happens, educate your family. If it hadn't been my husband getting my code words, understanding the situation by the tone of my voice and the words that I use, the situation wouldn't have turned out like it was,” said Brison.

Another idea from 88 Tactical: keep a flashlight on your key chain. Remember that what you have in your hands can be used as a weapon. A flashlight for example can temporarily blind the suspect and allow an escape.

Adrian Ross has been booked on one count of false imprisonment.

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