Carjacking Victim Describes Narrow Escape From Bombing Suspects
He made a run for it while Tamerlan pumped gas and Dzhokhar bought snacks. The man said Tamerlan "tried to catch me, but I ran very fast.”
The man who says he was carjacked by the Tsarnaev brothers Thursday is speaking out.
According to reports, the man says he was parked by the side of the road in Cambridge in his black SUV when a man believed to be Tamerlan Tsarnaev tapped on the window and put a gun in his face.
In an interview with WMUR, the man says Tsarnaev “asked if I knew about the Boston bomb explosion. He said, ‘I did that.’”
The victim was then forced to drive to a second location where they picked up Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the two brothers put explosives and ammunition in the back of the vehicle.
“They asked me where I’m from. I told them I’m Chinese, I was very scared. I asked them if they were going to hurt me. They said they won’t hurt me. I was thinking, ‘I think they will kill me later.’”
After being forced to take money out of the ATM, the man says he told the brothers he was low on gas. They drove to a local Shell station where Tamerlan pumped gas and Dzhokhar went inside to get Red Bull and chocolate. That’s when the man made his move.
“I thought it was a very good chance for me to run. So, I made a judgment. I used my left hand to unbuckle my belt, my right hand to open the door. I jumped out of the car and ran away across the street… The guy outside the car tried to catch me using his hand. He tried to catch me, but I ran very fast.”
He sprinted to a another nearby gas station and told the clerk to call 911. Meanwhile, according to the clerk at the Shell station, Tamerlan ran inside and told Dzhokhar they had to leave.
The car chase and shootout that resulted in Tamerlan’s death happened shortly after.