Boston Bombing Suspects’ Carjacking Victim Describes Night of Terror
The 26-year-old man who was carjacked by Boston bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev last Thursday night finally got the chance to tell his story to The Boston Globe recently.
It is widely believed that the bombing suspects carjacked “Danny” — as he asked the Boston Globe to identify him — immediately after the fatal shooting of MIT police officer Sean Collier.
According to the Globe, Danny said Tamerlan immediately revealed himself to him as one of the Boston Marathon bombers after pointing a gun at him and ordering him to drive. He also told Danny that he had killed a policeman.
Danny, scared for his life, ended up discussing such divergent topics with the terror suspects as cars, women, student credit limits, and whether anyone still listened to CDs.
The Tsarnaev brothers spoke openly about traveling to New York City. At one point they asked Danny if his car could be driven out of state. Confused, Danny asked what they meant. "Like New York," one of them replied.
Danny told the Globe that Tamerlan got out of his car at one point to unload heavy bags from the car driven by Dzhokhar, which was behind Danny's. Danny reportedly placated the suspects by agreeing with Tamerlan when he surmised, "Maybe you think all white guys look the same."
Danny’s strategy was to lie and and stress his ethnicity (he is a Chinese national) by telling Tamerlan that he moved to the United States more recently than he actually had. When Tamerlan identified himself as Muslim, Danny replied, "Chinese are very friendly to Muslims."
Luckily, the car ran out of gas, and Danny was able to escape. With Dzhokhar now in the car, the trio went to a gas station. Dzhokhar was forced to pay in cash inside because the machine was not taking credit cards. When Tamerlan put down his gun to fiddle with a navigation device, Danny bolted from the car and ran to another nearby gas station, where he called 911.
Danny attended graduate school at Northeastern University in Boston, where he earned a master's degree in studied engineering. The 26-year-old currently works at a startup in Cambridge.