Report: Brothers Admitted Bombings to Carjack Victim

They let him go after holding him for half-hour, says NBC

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 19, 2013 1:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – He might be the luckiest man in Boston today—the guy who got carjacked by the Tsarnaev brothers and lived to tell the tale. Not much is known of him yet, but NBC reports by way of an unnamed source that the brothers admitted to him that they were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings and had just killed an MIT campus police officer. The brothers took the man's Mercedes SUV and forced him to come along. They reportedly stopped at three ATMS, managing to withdraw $800 using his cash card, before letting him go about a half-hour later at a gas station.

Fox News picks up the story from there with an interview of a clerk at the Cambridge gas station. The carjacking victim, he says, ran in screaming, "Call the police! Call the police! These people are trying to kill me!" The victim looked to be in his early 20s and was unhurt, just badly shaken. "He said they pushed him out of car," the clerk says. "I think he's drunk I don't believe him. ... I only believe him when the cops came." Click for more on the suspects.

Police in tactical gear conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings Friday in Watertown, Mass.
Police in tactical gear conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings Friday in Watertown, Mass.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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