Dramatic kidnap rescue caught on camera

Officers are seen freeing a woman who had been taken captive inside a white van.
1:44 | 01/02/20

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Now, to the dramatic kidnap rescue caught on camera in Alabama. Body camera footage showing officers freeing a woman who had been taken captive, allegedly beaten inside a white van. Authorities moving in after a dangerous chase. Here's ABC's Steve osunsami with the details and the chilling scene they discovered inside that van. Reporter: Authorities north of Birmingham tonight are sharing this police body camera video, showing the end of a wild police chase where they arrest an aexcused kidnapper and free his alleged victim. Inside this beat-up white van is the woman who was held at knifepoint on Sunday. She was bleeding and screaming for help. Police negotiated for more than half an hour and were able to get her out first. Still inside is the man police are identifying as Sean Sanders, who was not giving up easily and had to be tased. We were just terrified, because we didn't know if he had a gun and whether he was going to be shooting or what. Reporter: Witnesses say he tried to drag the woman into the woods and was stopped by a man from a nearby church who followed the van and culled police. I didn't have all the facts. The only thing I did know, I wasn't going to let him leave without the police checking it out. Reporter: In their report, police say the van had a cage in the back, wire cages over the windows with blankets covering the inside. The doors were also chained shut. The city's mayor says Sanders was from Los Angeles, homeless and living out of his van. He is in jail tonight, facing kidnapping and attempted murder charges. The woman suffered more than 30 blows to the head with a tire iron and is at home recovering tonight. Whit? All right, Steve with that incredible video there. Thank you.

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