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3 Simple Escape Tactics From a Former CIA Agent That Could Save Your Life

by Jeanine Asencio 11:14 AM, April 19, 2017

Aired August 16, 2017

Wondering why “The Amazing Race’s” Phil Keoghan is duct taped to a chair?

“Why do you come back here?” asks Rach.

“I don’t know, they said sit down and I got taped up!” jokes Phil.

Luckily, Rach’s pal Jason Hanson (a former CIA officer who can escape just about anything!) is here to help. These instances don’t just happen to high-profile celebrities like Kim Kardashian -- they could happen to anybody! Read on below to learn Jason’s simple tricks to get yourself out of harm’s way.

How to Escape When Your Arms Are Duct Taped to a Chair
Jason says during home invasions, it’s very common for criminals to duct tape people to chairs. Here’s what you do.

“Quickly bring your arms in as if you’re hitting yourself in the chest,” says Jason, and just like that, your arms should be released! See how it’s done in the video above.

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How to Escape the Trunk of a Car
If you’re ever kidnapped and thrown into the trunk of a car, Jason says it’s a lot easier to escape than you think. In 2001 the government mandated that there had to be trunk release latches installed in every vehicle -- not just for kidnapped victims, but also for children so they won’t get trapped.

“It’s different in every trunk,” says Jason. “It’s a glow-in-the-dark release latch. To escape all you’ve got to do is pull on that latch, the trunk opens up and you can get to safety.”

But what If there isn’t a latch available? Jason says to kick out the back seats, crawl through, and escape out the car’s rear passenger door.

Watch the video to get an idea of where the latch might be located, and to see how quickly it can be to escape.

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How to Escape If Grabbed From Behind
“Criminals love to attack people from behind,” says Jason.

Here’s how to escape. Quickly headbutt backward to smash them in the face. If your attacker is trying to lift you up off the ground, hook your foot around their foot and they won’t be able to.

“And then you can reach around and poke me in the eye, you can grab me in the crotch, you can keep hitting me and make my nose bleed and I promise I’ll let go,” says Jason. “So always use that head! Headbutt me in the back, it is very, very powerful!”

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