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Man carjacked by Boston bombers recalls event in first TV interview

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“Danny” escaped the Boston bombers, his new 2013 Mercedes SUV sustained 32-bullet holes.
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The man who was kidnapped by the Boston Marathon suspects gave his first television interview to CBS News Tuesday evening.

Identified only as “Danny,” the 26-year-old Chinese immigrant recounted being carjacked and kidnapped by the Tsarnaev brothers.

“Danny” told of his conversation with Tamerlan:

“He asked me a question, like, ‘Do you know the Boston explosion on Monday?’ I said, ‘yes.’ He said, you know, ‘I did that. And I just killed a policeman in Cambridge.'”

He said the Tsarnaev’s were speaking in Russian, but he was able to make out the word, “Manhattan.”

“Danny” then told of the harrowing experience of actually escaping from the brothers: the thought process of taking off his seatbelt, unlocking the car door, making the scary decision to jump out of the car and run.

He fled to a gas station where the 9-11 call was made that ultimately led to the shootout with police that killed Tamerlan and sent Dzhokhar into hiding.

Though “Danny” is credited with the tip that led to the capture of Dzhokhar, he said:

What I was doing was trying to save myself. The police, they are the hero. They exchange gunfire with the bad guys. I think they are the heroes.

Watch the interview from CBS News here:


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