Kidnapped Woman Shared Her Location And It Saved Her Life

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iPhone's location services saved her life.

Can Your iPhone Save Your Life?

If you’re a woman, you’ve probably walked to your car at night with your car keys in between your fingers. If you’re a woman, you might check that your door is locked ten times over. If you’re a woman, you probably double check that your girlfriends got home safely in their ubers. We often take a lot of precautious that might seem foreign or shocking to members of the opposite sex.

For University of West Georgia student, Jaila Gladden, her quick thinking and iPhone location service, saved her life.

According to Buzzfeed News, Gladden left her apartment in Carrollton, Georgia to Kroger’s grocery store. When walking back to her car, a man asked if she had a lighter. He followed her to her car, pressed a knife against her body and ordered her to enter the passenger side of her own vehicle. He turned to her and asked if she knew how to get to Atlanta, about 50 miles away.

Gladden was kidnapped and rape but her quick thinking saved her life. Back in the car, her kidnapper demanded she give him directions towards gas stations for him to rob. She said she needed her phone to google locations. He gave her back her phone, and thinking quickly she shared her location with her boyfriend. Her kidnapper would put her in the trunk, try to rob a store, then demand she give him directions. She’d share more information with her boyfriend, who was at the local police station.

Eventually, with the help of Gladden’ roommate, the Atlanta Police Department, and her boyfriend, a local officer saw the idle car in a parking lot. Her kidnapper was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault, rape, aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment, and aggravated assault against a police officer. He is currently awaiting trial.

With her fast thinking, Gladden utilized the location services feature on her iPhone and was safely rescued.

How To Turn On Location Services

If you or someone you know wants to share their location follow these easy steps on your iPhone

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