“Danny,” a 26-year-old Chinese entrepreneur was driving his new Mercedes Benz when he was carjacked by Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev at gunpoint on the last night the two brothers were on the lam.
On Tuesday evening Danny spoke out about the 90-minute-long ordeal for the first time in an interview with for NBC’s Today Show.
According to Danny, Tamerlan walked up to his car and tapped on the window while the businessman was stopped to send a text message. The Boston bombing suspect was allegedly carrying a gun when he entered the car and sat in the passenger’s seat.
The two began driving while the younger Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar, followed in another vehicle. Eventually, Dzhokhar abandoned the other vehicle and entered Danny’s car.
“This is like something you see in a movie, isn’t it?” Tamerlan Tsarnaev told Danny during the carjacking. “If you cooperate, I won’t kill you.”
The brothers asked Danny if he had been following the news, then announced that they were the ones who perpetrated the Boston bombings.
At one point, Tamerlan began driving the car, using back streets to find an open gas station. When they finally stopped at a Shell station, Danny fled. He said Tamerlan tried to grab him and yelled expletives.
In another interview with CBS and later with CNN, Danny said he emphasized his Chinese heritage and tried to humanize himself to the attackers by talking about family and cell phones. He told CNN that he credits being Chinese, coupled with the fact that his car was low on gas, for saving his life.
Somehow, the victim managed to escape to a nearby Mobil station where he sought help. Danny ran to a Mobil gas station, where he told an employee there what happened.
Danny said he got the impression that Dzhokhar was Tamerlan’s lackey and more of a follower than leader of the operation.
“God was with me,” Danny said.
In the following video clips, Danny talks to the Today Show and CBS News respectively about his ordeal. He has disguised his identity for safety reasons but knows that when it comes time to take the witness stand, his identity will be revealed. He said he doesn’t mind revealing who he is then, but for now, wishes to take extra precautions.
He said that his fear during the carjacking was never getting to see the woman he loves again. He also shared his belief that “the police are the heroes” in the Boston attacks.
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