Chinese National who had his Merecedes Car-Jacked by Boston Bombers did not recognize the suspects in a ‘drive-by lineup,’

‘Girls, the marvels of the Mercedes ML 350 and whether anyone still listens  to CDs’: Terrified car-jacking victim reveals the light-hearted jokes of  Boston bombers

  • A Chinese  internet entrepreneur has spoken about being held against his will by the Boston  bombers
  • Danny says he  heard the brothers discuss driving to New York as well as more mundane matters  such as asking about payments on his Mercedes
  • He feared  for his life and grabbed his opportunity to escape when they stopped for gas at  a Shell Service Station

PUBLISHED: 00:37 EST, 26  April 2013 |  UPDATED: 03:54 EST, 26 April 2013

A 26-year-old Chinese entrepreneur  has  spoken about his life-threatening meeting with the Boston bombers after  they  carjacked his Mercedes last Thursday evening.

The incident occurred at almost  11p.m. when  the man, who has asked to only be identified by his American nickname Danny, had  just pulled his car to the curb on  Brighton Avenue, Boston.

While Danny was texting, a man in dark clothes approached his car and knocked on the window. Before the driver could  react the man had unlocked the door, climbed in and was brandishing a  silver  handgun, according to the Boston  Globe.

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On the run: A man thought to be 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev enters a gas station in Cambridge, Massachusetts, wearing a gray hoodie and carrying snacks on Thursday evening. He appears to be followed by her brother Tamerlan in a beige capOn the run: A man thought to be 19-year-old Dzhokhar  Tsarnaev enters a gas station in Cambridge, Massachusetts, wearing a gray hoodie  and carrying snacks on Thursday evening. He appears to be followed by her  brother Tamerlan in a beige cap

Chilling: Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, now wearing a beige cap, captured on camera using an ATM card hours before a police shoot-out where his brother and accomplice died Chilling: Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar  Tsarnaev, now wearing a beige cap, captured on camera using an ATM card hours  before a police shoot-out where his brother and accomplice died

The man, who would later be  identified as  Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, asked Danny if he had followed the news  about Monday’s  Boston Marathon bombings.

‘I did that,’ said the man. ‘And I just  killed a policeman in Cambridge.’

Danny  says he has been able to fill in important blanks between the  murder of MIT  police officer Sean Collier, just before 10:30 p.m. on  April 18, and the  Watertown shootout that ended just before 1 a.m. with  the death of Tamerlan  Tsarnaev and the serious wounding of his brother  Dzhokhar, 19.

Danny has described a truly harrowing ordeal  which included a bizarre mix of bursts of life-threatening violence and everyday  conversation on mundane subjects such as girls, how much  payments on his  Mercedes ML 350 were, the iPhone5 and whether anyone still  listens to  CDs.

At one point Tamerlan told Danny not to look  at his face, to he said he would not remember his face.

The bomb suspect replied: “It’s like white  guys, they look at black guys and think all black guys look the same. And maybe  you think all white guys look the same.’

In another moment during the carjacking, the  suspects were disappointed that Danny did not have any CDs in his car. They  flipped through the radio avoiding news stations and later put on a CD of  chating after they had made a stop.

Escape: The two bombing suspects pulled up at the Shell gas station to use a stolen ATM card from a man they had taken hostage. He managed to escape to the Mobil gas station across the street and call for help (right)Escape: The two bombing suspects pulled up at the Shell  gas station to use a stolen ATM card from their hostage Danny. He managed to  escape to the Mobil gas station across the street and call for help  (right)

Trapped: With his head down and wearing a cap, the suspected terrorist withdraws money from the machine hours after a surveillance picture of him had been beamed around the worldTrapped: With his head down and wearing a cap, the  suspected terrorist withdraws money from the machine hours after a surveillance  picture of him had been beamed around the world

To begin with Danny was driving his  car with  Tamrlan in the passenger seat beside him, while Dzhokhar  following behind in a  sedan. Later the brother’s moved all the gear into Danny’s car and Tamrlan drove.

The late-night drive lasted an hour and a  half. At one stage during his ordeal, Danny  says a friend called him on his  phone and he was told by Tamerlan that he would be killed if he spoke to the  person in Chinese.

‘Death is so close to me,’ said Danny,  recalling his thinking at the time. ‘I don’t want to die.’

‘I have a lot of dreams that haven’t come  true yet,’ said the student from central China, who attended a graduate school  at Northeastern University before joining a tech start-up company.

After the shootout: Investigators take a look at a car driven by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects after they exchanged gunfire on a residential street in WatertownAfter the shootout: Investigators take a look at the  stolen car driven by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects after they exchanged  gunfire on a residential street in Watertown

Danny had come to the US in 2009 for a  master’s degree and graduated in January 2012, before returning to China to  await a work visa.

He had returned two months ago, however he  chose to told Tamerlan that he was still a student and had been in the U.S.  barely a year.

He says the brothers had some difficulty  understanding his English when he tried to tell them he was from  China.

‘Oh, that’s why your English is not very  good,’ said Tamerlan. ‘OK, you’re Chinese… I’m a Muslim.’

‘Chinese are very friendly to Muslims!’ Danny  said. ‘We are so friendly to Muslims.’

Danny also revealed that could hear the  brothers openly discussing driving to New York, although he couldn’t  make out  if they were planning another attack or just looking to escape.

Fortunately for Danny there was a problem  because his  car was almost out of gas and then a set of circumstances played  out which afforded him  an opportunity to escape his captors.

In search of petrol they stopped at a Shell  Station, but younger brother Dzhokhar was forced to go inside the  Shell Food  Mart to pay for petrol.

When older brother Tamerlan put his  gun in  the door pocket to fiddle with a navigation device, Danny seized  his moment to  escape.

‘I was thinking I must do two things:  unfasten my seatbelt and open the door and jump out as quick as I can. If I  didn’t make it, he would kill me right out, he would kill me right away’.

Deadly shootout: In a gun battle where over 200 shots were fired, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was hit multiple timesDeadly shootout: In a gun battle where over 200 shots  were fired, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was hit multiple times

He unbuckled his seat belt, opened  the door,  then slammed it behind, and sprinted off at an angle that  would be a hard shot  for any marksman.

‘F***!’ he heard Tamerlan say, but the man  did not follow.

Danny reached the safe haven of a Mobil  station across the street and sought cover in a supply room, while he shouted  at the clerk to call 911.

Authorities have said that Danny’s quick-thing escape allowed police to swiftly track down the Mercedes, abating a possible attack by the brothers on New York City and precipitating a wild shootout in Watertown that killed Tamerlan and left a severely injured Dzhokhar hiding in the neighborhood.

After an hour of talking to police — as the  shootout and manhunt erupted in Watertown –Danny was brought to East Watertown  for a ‘drive-by lineup,’ studying faces of detained suspects in the street from  the safety of a cruiser.

He did not recognize the suspects in the  line-up. He spent the night talking to local and state police and the FBI before  being dropped at home at 3p.m. the next afternoon.

Danny said, when he was back in Cambridge,  after questioning, ‘I think, Tamerlan is dead, I feel good, obviously safer. But  the younger brother — I don’t know.’

Danny had wondered if Dzhokhar had  discovered his address and would come looking for him. But the police knew the  wallet and registration were still in the bullet-riddled Mercedes, and that a  wounded Dzhokhar could not have gone far.

That night, Dzhokhar was caught, ending a  harrowing week across Greater Boston and in particular for  Danny.

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