Next on Tsarnaevs' List: NY?
Brothers reportedly told carjack victim they planned to go there
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2013 8:42 AM CDT
This combination of undated file photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.   (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun & Robin Young, File)

(Newser) – The Tsarnaev brothers apparently got quite chatty with the driver whose Mercedes SUV they allegedly carjacked: Not only did they reportedly admit their role in the Boston Marathon bombings to him, they also told him they were planning to go to New York, a senior US official tells the New York Times. Politico has a slightly different take: It picks up a report from NBC's Pete Williams, who says the carjacking victim did hear the word "Manhattan" in a conversation the brothers were having in a foreign language. And while Williams says police "doubt that he could really understand what they were saying," Police Commissioner Ed Davis said yesterday that authorities believe the brothers were planning more attacks, based on the amount of weapons, ammo, and explosives found.

Authorities recovered four firearms including an M-4 carbine rifle (akin to what US troops in Afghanistan are armed with), two handguns, and a BB gun; they also determined that the Tsarnaev brothers made at least five pipe bombs. As for the Mercedes driver, the Los Angeles Times reports that he managed to escape when his captors went into a Shell gas station in Cambridge ... to buy snacks. He ran to another gas station (where he reportedly shouted, "These people are trying to kill me!") to call police, and an officer started quietly following the Mercedes. When the brothers noticed, they stopped and "attempted to get the officer," Davis says. A firefight ensued, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed (possibly by his own brother), and the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began.

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