This is the heart-stopping moment a model scrambles to save her son from their car after she was hijacked at knifepoint by armed robbers who lured her into a trap on Snapchat.
Courtney Slater, 21, was lured into a trap after her boyfriend Brandon Higgins advertised a pair of designer Louis Vuitton sunglasses via Snapchat.
The couple were due to meet a prospective buyer in Gorton, Manchester, only for three masked hoodlums to ambush her in the street as Miss Slater waited in their Renault Clio.
A neighbour caught the hijacking on camera as Mr Higgins was chased away before Miss Slater was dragged screaming from the car shouting: 'Please, my baby.'
Footage shows Courtney Slater, 21, being dragged from her car after her boyfriend Brandon Higgins was chased away by two men with knives
Courtney Slater, 21, has spoken out after she was dragged out of a car with a knife to her throat as her vehicle was stolen in broad daylight
Miss Slater relived her ordeal today as Brandon Smith (centre), 21, of Wildclough, Hyde, Kaydn Jones (right), 18, of Salford and Tyrese Chisholm (left), 18, of Manchester were locked up after pleading guilty to robbery
She dashed to the back of the vehicle to save her son Lekai who was strapped in his car seat before the hoodlums drove off leaving Miss Slater cradling the infant at the roadside.
Miss Slater relived her ordeal today as Brandon Smith, 21, of Wildclough, Hyde, Kaydn Jones, 18, of Salford and Tyrese Chisholm, 18, of Manchester were locked up after pleading guilty to robbery.
'These guys just came out of nowhere, one tried to stab my boyfriend and another had a knife to my throat. I started screaming and crying and thought, ''Oh my God, Lekai is in the back. What if he gets in the car and takes Lekai? I'm going to have to get stabbed''.
'I just thought a s long as my kid was safe, that's all I was bothered about. The he told me: ''Get the kid from the back,'' and pushed me. I tried to run but my legs were jelly but I made way round to the rear passenger door and grabbed my baby as these guys got into the car.
Harrowing footage captures the moment Slater was dragged from her vehicle by a knife-wielding assailant
Slater said her first thought when the brazen thieves put a knife to her throat was for her toddler, who was in the back of the car
'I had barely had time to pull Lekai out of the vehicle before they sped away. At one stage Lekai was caught in the seatbelt 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 as there was no way I was willingly leaving the car with my baby in there.'
The incident took place on June 17 after Mr Higgins advertised the sunglasses and a Louis Vuitton manbag for sale and later that day he was contacted and a price of £400 was agreed. He offered to meet the prospective buyers at home at 3pm and passed their postcode.
Harrowing footage shows the moment Slater leaves the vehicle and rushes to rescue her baby while the thief gets into the driver's seat
Slater and her two-year-old son were left stranded at the scene in Gorton, Manchester, on Thursday evening
But just before 7pm the victim was messaged by the buyer saying 'they' were at the top of his road waiting to meet up. The couple then went to the agreed location before Chisholm lunged at Mr Higgins with a knife and chased him away before turned on Miss Slater.
Chisholm demanded the woman get out of the car before holding a knife to her throat and grabbing her coat to pull her from the driver's seat.
Miss Slater was given just seconds to free her son from the back of 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 more men getting into the car while Slater rushed to get her two-year-old son from the back seat
Police used CCTV to track down the gang. Smith was jailed for three years and three months whilst Jones who also admitted possession of a knife got three years and six months. Chisholm was locked up for jailed for four years.. He also admitted driving while disqualified and threatening a person with a blade 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 as well as her young child who had to witness his mother being dragged at knifepoint from a car.
'Thankfully no one sustained any injuries during the robbery but the end result could have been far worse. I'm glad we've been able to secure a conviction for all three males and I'm sure they'll have plenty of time to consider their actions behind bars.
'I hope this sends a stark warning to anyone who thinks they can commit any type of violent robbery and get away with it without any consequences.'