Carjack Victim: My Night With the Tsarnaevs

'Boston Globe' gets detailed account of carjacking, man's escape

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 26, 2013 2:05 AM CDT | Updated Apr 26, 2013 7:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – We've heard bits and pieces of the Boston carjack victim's story; now, we're finally getting a play-by-play account, as related to the Boston Globe. The victim, a 26-year-old Chinese man who goes by Danny, was answering a text when Tamerlan Tsarnaev appeared at his window, Danny says. As Tamerlan brandished a gun, he asked whether Danny was up-to-date on the bombing news. "I did that," Tamerlan told him. He instructed Danny to drive, warning him not to "be stupid."

As they drove, eventually joined by Dzhokhar, they discussed everything from girls to cars to iPhones. Hoping to protect himself, Danny said he was a student who'd arrived from China only a year ago; in fact, he'd arrived in 2009 and graduated from Northeastern University. Tamerlan insisted that Danny not look at him; Danny told him he couldn't remember his face. Danny finally saw his moment to escape when Dzhokhar had to enter a gas station to pay in cash. Danny fled to another nearby gas station, calling the police. Head to the Globe for the full story. (Meanwhile, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is no longer in Boston.)

Officials search an area on Arsenal Street in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013.
Officials search an area on Arsenal Street in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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