At the trial of Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a Chechen Muslim, Chinese engineer Dun “Danny” Mengin who was carjacked by brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, describes his harrowing ordeal.
Boston Herald Meng said yesterday “the most terrifying moment, the most difficult decision of my life” was when he escaped from Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev just after midnight on April 19, 2013. He had been carjacked at gunpoint by Tamerlan Tsarnaev 90 minutes earlier when he pulled over on Brighton Avenue in Allston to respond to a friend’s text message.
Dzhokhar was initially trailing the 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 SUV in a Honda Civic. Tamerlan, Meng said, boasted: “Do you know the Boston Marathon bombing explosion?’ “ ‘Do you know who did it?’ I said, ‘No, I don’t.’ “He said, ‘I did it, and I just killed a policeman in Cambridge.’ ” Tamerlan threatened to shoot Meng, too.
As they parked at a pump at a Shell gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, Meng said he knew, “This may be my last chance …” and in one swift move, opened the door and bolted for the Mobil station across the street. “I could feel he was trying to grab me,” Meng said of Tamerlan. “He was shouting, ‘(Expletive)!’ ”
The SUV, according to officials, was loaded with bombs. Tamerlan had asked Meng if it could make it all the way “to New York” — where authorities said the brothers intended to continue their jihad.