The timeline tracing the suspected Boston bombers' every move -- from the time they were identified by the FBI Thursday evening, through the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 26 hours later -- has been nearly filled in completely.
One of the last major pieces to be supplied was delivered today, inside the FBI's criminal complaint against the 19-year-old Tsarnaev. The document contains fascinating new details on what happened to that carjacking victim who was held hostage by the Tsarnaev brothers Thursday night inside his Mercedes SUV. It includes the FBI's first official confirmation that the victim "managed to escape" and was not released.
The victim's name has not been released, but the FBI says he has been interviewed by law enforcement.
According to the criminal complaint, "The victim stated that while he was sitting in his car on a road in Cambridge, a man approached and tapped on his passenger-side window. When the victim rolled down the window, the man reached in, opened the door, and entered the victim's vehicle. The man pointed a firearm at the victim and stated, 'Did you hear about the Boston explosion?' and 'I did that.' The man removed the magazine from his gun and showed the victim that it had a bullet in it, and then re-inserted the magazine. The man then stated, 'I am serious.'"
"The man with the gun forced the victim to drive to another location, where they picked up a second man. The two men put something in the trunk of the victim's vehicle. The man with the gun took the victim's keys and sat in the driver's seat, while the victim moved to the front passenger seat. The second man entered the victim's vehicle and sat in the rear passenger seat. The man with the gun and the second man spoke to each other in a foreign language."
"While they were driving, the man with the gun demanded money from the victim, who gave the man 45 dollars. One of the men compelled the victim to hand over his ATM card and password. They then drove to an ATM machine and attempted to withdraw money from the victim's account. The two men and the victim then drove to a gas station/convenience store in the vicinity of 816 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. The two men got out of the car, at which point the victim managed to escape."
From there, the criminal complaint goes on to describe the gun battle that ensued a short time later between the suspects and law enforcement in Watertown, Massachusetts, which resulted in the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
It does not say why the men allowed the carjacking victim to live, though at least one reporter who spoke with him says they "told him they were not going to kill him because he was not an American."
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