Boston court hears testimony of carjacking witness in case against Tsarnaev - report
MOSCOW, March 13 (RAPSI) – A witness in the trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Dun Meng, told the court about the carjacking incident involving Tsarnaev brothers that took place on the night of manhunt against the bombing suspects, The Boston Globe reported on Thursday.
Dun Meng, Chinese national who had earned a degree at Northeastern University, recollected his memories of his Mercedes being stopped by Tsarnaev’s brothers on April 18, 2013. Tamerlan Tsarnaev pulled a gun to Meng’s head and told him: “Do you know the Boston Marathon explosions? I did it, and I just killed a police officer in Cambridge”, The Boston Globe reported.
According to Meng’s testimony, Tamerlan forced him to drive the Mercedes around Boston suburbs area while Dzhokhar was driving nearby in a sedan. Later Meng had to get into the passenger’s seat of his car and Dzhokhar took place at the backseat. Tsarnaevs made several stops at various shops and used Meng’s debit card to get $800 in cash at ATM, The Boston Globe reported.
Meng managed to escape near the Shell gas station when Tamerlan was busy working with GPS taken from sedan while Dzhokhar was at the nearby store. Meng rushed to the Mobil gas station where he frantically asked for help and told a clerk that he is hiding from the people responsible for Boston Marathon bombings. Tsarnaev brothers had to flee from the scene while Meng was calling police, The Boston Globe reported.
Occupied Mercedes had it’s own GPS although Tsarnaev brothers were unaware of it. GPS information provided by Meng allowed police officers to track down Tsarnaevs to Dexter Avenue in Watertown where the fatal firefight ensued, The Boston Globe reports.
On the afternoon of April 15, 2013, two explosions occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. IEDs devised from pressure cookers, low explosive powder, shrapnel, adhesive, and other materials were hidden in backpacks that were then placed near metal barricades in areas packed with hundreds of spectators.
Tsarnaev was arrested following a dramatic manhunt during which his brother and co-suspect Tamerlan was killed, as was MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. Tsarnaev was charged on April 21 with the use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death.
US prosecutors filed their notice of intent to pursue the death penalty against Tsarnaev on January 30, 2014. The government is seeking the death penalty for the accused.
Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 criminal counts.