Carjacking victim recounts encounter with suspects
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The 24-year-old man who was carjacked by the bombing suspects spoke about the terrifying moments in the car with them, and how he was able to escape.
The young man only wants to be known as "Danny." He says he is no hero -- he was only desperate to save his own life. But his actions that night might have saved many more people; his encounter with the Tsarnaev brothers led to their capture.
“Danny played it well. He was compliant when he had to be, and he escaped when he could,” said Jamie Fox.
Jaime Fox was with Boston Globe reporter Eric Moskowitz as he interviewed Danny about the carjacking.
“All of a sudden, the older Tsarnaev brother is at [the carjacking victim’s] window, rapping on the window, and he’s saying something that Danny can’t understand, rapping on the glass,” said Eric Moscowitz, Boston Globe reporter. “So Danny who is trusting lowered his window to hear him better and that's when the older brother reaches his hand in, opens the door, gets in, and points the silver gun at Danny.”
Danny says Tamerlin Tsarnaev told him, "You know about the Boston Marathon bombings? That was me.”
“His heart was pounding. He felt like, ‘Am I gonna die?’” Eric Moscowitz said.
“They talked about music and iPhones and college tuition. So I don't know if they would have killed him. Plus he played up the fact he was Chinese,” said Fox.
The SUV ran low on gas, and the brothers pulled into a Shell gas station.
Danny opened the car door and ran across the street into a Mobile station where a stunned clerk was working.
“He fell down right there and then he said, ‘Please call the police. There are people who want to kill me,’” said Tarek Ahmed, gas station owner.
“He doesn't see himself as a hero. After all he says he was just trying to save himself,” said Fox. “But in the end, he may have saved thousands of other people because if it is true what the suspected terrorist says, they may have planned more bombings.”
Danny’s mother who lives in China still doesn’t know what happened, but he said his father does.
Danny never recovered his phone or SUV, which has more than 30 bullet holes in it.