Kidnap survivor Anderson was zip-tied, cuffed

Kidnap survivor Anderson was zip-tied, cuffed

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Posted on October 10, 2013 at 5:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 10 at 1:12 PM

SAN DIEGO  -- Kidnapping survivor Hannah Anderson shared more details about her terrifying ordeal and the events that led up to it on NBC's "TODAY" Thursday.

The San Diego-area teen told Savannah Guthrie that James DiMaggio had previously revealed that he had a crush on her and she thought that "seemed really weird."

She said she used to visit him at his house and would sometimes bring her friends there, to play games and use a go-cart. But after he admitted his crush, she started to distance herself from him, even though he was good friends with her parents.

Anderson, 16, also told Guthrie that her lured her to to his house on the day of the kidnapping. Then,  he handcuffed her and zip-tied her feet. "And then sat me down on the couch and told me what his plan was," she said.

She said DiMaggio forced her to play Russian roulette before he drugged her and drove to Idaho. She later learned that he had rigged his home to explode hours after they left, killing her mother and brother inside.

Anderson said there were several times when she tried to figure out a way to make a run for it and she feared for her life.

FBI agents eventually shot and killed DiMaggio and rescued Anderson in Idaho on Aug. 10 after a week long manhunt.

Watch entire TODAY interview with Hannah Anderson:

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