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Driver Not Killed Because He ‘Wasn’t American’

From the Wall Street Journal:

Details Emerge of Alleged Carjacking by Bomber Suspects

By PERVAIZ SHALLWANI | April 21, 2013

BOSTON—New details emerged Sunday of the accused marathon bombers’ alleged theft of a sport-utility vehicle before a chaotic gunfight in the city’s suburbs.

About 40 minutes after they allegedly shot and killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer in Cambridge, Mass., Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers accused of the bombing, crossed the Charles River into Boston and stole a Mercedes SUV at gunpoint, briefly holding the driver hostage, according to an excerpt from the Cambridge Police Department report filed by the driver and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

They may have chosen to hijack a Mercedes, since that is what Tamerlan was used to driving, since he owned one.

The alleged carjacking occurred at about 11 p.m. in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood on Brighton Avenue, said the excerpt, which didn’t name the victim.

According to the report, one of the brothers jumped out of a Honda Civic and reached in through the front passenger side window of the SUV, opened the door and pointed a silver colored semi-automatic pistol at the driver.

The gunman then ordered him to drive to Watertown and was followed by the Honda, the report said.

Once in Watertown, the victim was ordered to slide over to the passenger side, the report said. The two brothers then removed luggage from the Honda and loaded it into the trunk of the Mercedes, the report said.

From there, one of the brothers drove the Mercedes while the second sat behind the victim, the report said.

The victim told police he was driven to a Shell Gas Station on Memorial Drive in Watertown. Inside the car, the brothers "declared to [the victim] that they were the Boston Marathon bombers and would not kill him because he wasn’t American," the report said.

According to the New York Times, they also told him that they were going on to New York City. (Despite New York City’s tough gun laws.)

When the victim saw an opportunity to flee, he ran to a nearby gas station where he asked the owner to call 911, the report said…

It is amazing how much bad the reporting there has been in this story. We now are finding out there were two cars involved, a Honda Civic and a Mercedes. Not to mention the endless confusion about guy being released as they robbed a 7-11 and/or making him go to an ATM.

Anyway, the brothers probably thought it was safe to let the driver go, since he was not an American. They seem to have assumed he wouldn’t call the police. In fact, they seem to have been right about that, as far as the brothers’ family and friends are concerned.

There is nothing to indicate that any of them ever called the police after recognizing their photos. And yet the news media keeps commending the public for how much help they gave the authorities.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 22nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Driver Not Killed Because He ‘Wasn’t American’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Everything about this stinks

    Why do I get the feeling there is a secret war going on involving Washington (but not you and me) that’s beyond the scope of Islamic jihad and they’re doing everything they can to keep us and the media in the dark …

  2. canary says:

    Breaking: Boston Police Ran out of Ammunition Leading to Boston Marathon Bombers Eluding Law-Enforcement during Manhunt that Locked Boston Down.

    “How the Boston manhunt unfolded” The Washington Post
    Sat, 04/20/2013 – 10:51am – By Jodi Warrick, Sari Horwitz

    When cornered, they battled police with guns and more homemade explosives, wounding a transit officer and trading more than 200 rounds until the officers ran out of ammunition.

    The drama ended for the elder brother, Tamerlan, 26, when police shot him and then he apparently was run over by his brother in a melee witnessed by scores of residents of Watertown, Mass., a residential community less than eight miles from the apartment where the pair lived.

    The younger brother, Dzhokhar, 19, fled on foot, somehow eluding police and beginning a widespread search by thousands of federal agents and state and local officers.

    The hunt shut down much of metropolitan Boston for hours and transfixed millions of Americans who watched the events unfold.

    The following account was provided by multiple law enforcement officials involved in the manhunt or the bombing investigation.

    Several of them spoke on the condition of anonymity because the probe is ongoing.

    The brothers opened fire, igniting a gun battle witnessed by neighbors peering from houses.

    One of them, Andrew Kitzenberg, 29, said he saw two men engaged in “constant gunfire” with police.

    After more than 200 rounds were traded over several minutes, some officers were out of ammunition and charged the brothers’ position with their police car.

    The vehicle was disabled by gunfire from the Mercedes.

    Police tackled and tried to subdue the 200-pound amateur boxer while he was firing a pistol with the other hand,…

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, apparently intending to help his brother, tried to ram the officers with the Mercedes.

    Instead, the officers lunged out of the vehicle’s path and he ran over his brother and dragged him along the street before speeding off with police in pursuit.

    But Alben acknowledged later that there were not enough officers to establish a solid perimeter and that the suspect, who may have been wounded, escaped.

    (entire article)

    Shame neighbors did not aid Boston’s Finest, but perhaps gun laws prohibited their citizens from aiding them.

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