Brave model speaks out about terrifying attack when she fought off three would-be kidnappers who dragged her into car in broad daylight

  • Model Nydia Rivera was rummaging in her bag after leaving a restaurant when she was attacked
  • Three men stole her phone then attempted to force her into their car
  • She was dragged, struggling, for two blocks before she was pushed out of the car
  • Rivera suffered neck injuries, a concussion and cuts

By Alex Greig

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A model is recovering from a violent street attack yesterday in West Hollywood that appears to have been an attempted kidnapping.

Beauty pageant winner Nydia Rivera was set upon by three men as she made her way to her car on a street in the Mid-Wilshire area.

The men stole her phone and attempted to force her into their car in broad daylight before pushing her out of the car and driving off. 

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Terrifying ordeal: Nydia Rivera speaks out about the violent crime committed against her in broad daylight

Terrifying ordeal: Nydia Rivera speaks out about the violent crime committed against her in broad daylight

Street violence: This busy area of LA is where three men stole Nydia Rivera's phone before trying to force her into a car

Street violence: This busy area of LA is where three men stole Nydia Rivera's phone before trying to force her into a car

'Upon leaving the restaurant I got followed out by three guys,' Rivera told KTLA

Target: Rivera seems to have been targeted by three men who brazenly tried to force her into their car in Mid-Wilshire

Target: Rivera seems to have been targeted by three men who brazenly tried to force her into their car in Mid-Wilshire

'I turned around to kind of see what was happening and he reached out and grabbed my cell phone.'

Rivera told KTLA that the men tried to force her into their car, driving off as she was still struggling.

She was dragged for two blocks before she was pushed out of the open door.

'My head broke the fall on the way down and I blacked out,' Rivera said.

 

When she came to, she was lying in the street and couldn't feel her arms and legs.

'I woke up from the fall and I thought at first I was paralyzed,' she said. 

'I had no feeling in my legs in my arms or my whole body and I finally gained feeling.'

Disturbingly, her cries her help from passersby were ignored.

'There was a ton of people around and nobody helped,' she said.

Rivera suffered a concussion, a neck injury and cuts and abrasions from the ordeal, as well as mental trauma.

'It’s the grace of God that I’m even alive to this day,' she told KTLA.

'I don’t even know how I survived it.'

The men who attacked Rivera have not been found but she is hoping that someone who witnessed the incident will come forward and call the LAPD with information.

The model, whose website says she is Miss Puerto Rico 2013, isn't going to let the experience get the better of her, and has planned a charity benefit Sunday at Busby's in Santa Monica to draw attention to violence against women. 

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Sad day when something like this still happens in a civilised society. What would we do without government??

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They just stole her phone, and she wouldn't let go of it. After being dragged two blocks and being injured, the only face-saving plausible story is that they were trying to abduct her, and she fought them off. She should have just let them have the phone.

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Brave woman.

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That's not W. Hollywood, its Miracle Mile

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Brave woman to keep fighting--it eventually resulted in her being released.

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A lot of missing people are taken by traffickers. Human trafficking is on the rise, especially white women.

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No description of the suspects? In that case, I will go ahead and make the statistically likely assumption.

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I live 30 minutes from Hollywood and I will tell people visiting Don't go there at night!

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You can now tell them not to go in the morning either

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You fight, and you don't stop. U pain them u break them you hurt yourself to survive, because the minute you are in that car or room, there's little hope of you getting out alive. Don't ever give up on yourself. Well done.

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That is so scary.

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