The Boston Marathon bombing suspects chose not to kill the driver of a Mercedes SUV that they carjacked because he was not an American. Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev held the driver at gun point but let him live. His name and identify have not been released.
According to a police report, the brothers "declared to (the victim) that they were the Boston Marathon bombers and would not kill him because he wasn't American." When the bombers stopped to get snacks, the man was able to escape from the vehicle, Newser reported.
NBC’s Pete Williams reported more details about the story on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“He also told the police investigators after this episode, when they finally got to him — he is the one who called 911 — that they let him out of the car and didn’t kill him because he wasn’t an American,” Williams said while talking about the victim.
In an email exchange between NBC and the man, he described the carjackers as “brutal but cautious.”
It’s possible that the suspects planned on driving the SUV to New York City. Williams discussed that possibility as well.
“He told the police that he couldn’t understand what they were saying but that he thought it was, quote, blah, blah, blah, blah, Manhattan blah, blah, blah,” Williams said. “The police who have heard this story understand what the [victim] was saying, but doubt that he could really understand what they were saying.”
A senior United States official told the New York Times that it was unclear if the brothers planned any further attacks if they had been able to reach New York.