Carjacking victim describes night of terror with marathon bombing suspects

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is pictured in this undated FBI handout photo. Credit: FBI/Reuters.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is pictured in this undated FBI handout photo. Credit: FBI/Reuters.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved from a Boston hospital to a prison at Fort Devens, the U.S. Marshals Service said on Friday.

“The U.S. Marshals Service confirms that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been transported from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is now confined at the Bureau of Prisons facility FMC Devens at Ft. Devens, Mass.,” said U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Drew Wade.

Tsarnaev is charged with using two homemade bombs at the Marathon finish line, killing three people and wounding 264 others. If convicted, he faces the possibility of the death penalty.

The 19-year-old ethnic Chechen, who was badly wounded before being captured last Friday, had previously been held at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where some of the victims were also being treated.

Tsarnaev’s older brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, died in a shootout with police in Watertown on the night before.

Federal Medical Center Devens is located at the decommissioned Fort Devens U.S. Army base, about 40 miles west of Boston. The prison there specializes in inmates who need long-term medical or mental health there, according to the Bureau of Prisons website. It currently holds about 1,000 prisoners.

NIGHT OF TERROR

Authorities say the brothers set off a pair of bombs at the marathon on April 15. Three days later, the FBI and police identified the men in photos and videos taken at the scene.

The brothers are also suspected of shooting Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, 26, on April 18 and then hijacking a man in a car, which they planned to drive to New York City and set off additional explosives in Times Square.

Their plan was foiled when the car, a Mercedes sport-utility vehicle, ran low on fuel and they stopped for gas, giving the man a chance to escape.

Their carjacking victim was a 26-year-old man of Chinese origin who goes by the American nickname “Danny,” the Boston Globe reported on Friday. The newspaper did not publish his Chinese name at his request.

“I don’t want to die,” the man recalled thinking as the brothers drove him around for some 90 minutes, making banal small talk, according to an interview with the Globe. “I have a lot of dreams that haven’t come true yet.”

Danny, who is trained as an engineer, kept the brothers calm by playing up his outsider status, although at first they were puzzled by his Chinese accent, the Globe said. After determining that the victim was Chinese, Tamerlan Tsarnaev identified himself as a Muslim, the newspaper reported.

“Chinese are very friendly to Muslims!” Danny said, according to the interview. “We are so friendly to Muslims.”

One of the three people who died in the bombing was also Chinese, 23-year-old graduate student Lingzi Lu. An 8-year-old boy, Martin Richard, and 29-year-old restaurant manager Krystle Campbell were also killed in the attack.

The brothers’ parents, father Anzor Tsarnaev and mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, told reporters on Thursday in Makhachkala, the capital of Russia’s Dagestan region, that they believed their son was innocent.

The father said he planned to travel to Boston to bury Tamerlan.

This week, lawmakers demanded answers about what the U.S. government knew about the suspects before the bombing. In 2011, Russia had asked the FBI to question Tamerlan because of concerns that he may have been a radical Islamist.

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