Victim Recalls Ride With Boston Marathon Bombers

A Chinese immigrant told the Boston Marathon bombing jury on Thursday about his harrowing encounter with the brothers who allegedly committed the attack, beginning with his being carjacked at gunpoint and ending with a daring escape. Dun Meng, testifying in the terror trial of one of the brothers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, recalled driving home from work late at night on April 18, 2013, three days after twin blasts rocked the finish line of the marathon, killing three and injuring dozens of others. A manhunt was on for the brothers, during which a police officer at MIT had been shot to death earlier that night. Meng, a mobile app developer, said he pulled over on Brighton Avenue to read a text message, and a sedan stopped behind him. A passenger got out, and walked to Meng's side. Meng rolled down the window, and the man stuck a gun to his head and forced his way inside.
Meng told the jury, speaking through an interpreter, "He asked me if I knew who did the Boston Marathon explosion. He said, 'I did it, and I just killed a policeman in Cambridge.'" Then, "He ordered me to drive."
The carjacker, later identified by authorities as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar's now-deceased older brother, began to make small talk. He asked Meng's name, where he was from, and if he had a girlfriend. Meng recalled, "He said, 'I'm Muslim. Muslim hate Americans. I said, 'I'm Chinese. Chinese are very friendly to Muslims.'"