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Woman Uses Toes to Type Message for Help, Police Rescue Her After Apparent Robbery

Amy Windom demonstrates toe technique. (WGCL)
Woman Uses Toes to Type Message for Help, Police Rescue Her After Apparent Robbery
Amy Windom demonstrates toe technique. (WGCL)

ATLANTA (CBS/WGCL/AP) Amy Windom told police she was held at gunpoint, tied up, and robbed, but instead of panicking and giving up hope of being rescued she thought to herself, "What would MacGyver do?"

And in an instant it came to her, reports CNN.

The 39-year-old Windom, who says she had to act quickly, convinced the alleged robber that it would be in his best interest to leave behind her company-issued laptop because it could be tracked.

After the partially masked intruder helped himself to Windom's belongings, he fled the scene in Windom's car and took her cell phone, but left behind the device that would be her salvation.

Windom swallowed her fear and got to work.

She says her laptop was in reach, and she was able to open it with her toes.

With her hands still tied, Windom says she toe-typed a message to her boyfriend.

"I used my right toe as a mouse on the touch pad. I pulled over the power cord and put that in my left toes and used the end of the power cord as a tool to hit the keys," Windom told CBS Atlanta News. "I started instant messaging him and told him I was tied to the bed and had been robbed and asked him to call 911."

Sounds like some fancy footwork.

Her boyfriend John Hilton called police and they came to the rescue of his damsel in distress.

Although police have not apprehended the suspect, they managed to recover Windom's car which was found parked outside an abandoned house.

Police are investigating the break-in further to make sure the account is not a toe-tal fabrication.