Testimony has ended for the week in the marathon bombings trial, resuming on Monday. Yesterday, jurors heard a man describing his harrowing ride at gunpoint as the two suspected bombers carjacked him. He was able to get away when the Tsarnaevs stopped for gas.

UPDATED: March 12, 4 pm

The story Dun Meng told in court Thursday was astounding. On April 18, 2013, Meng testified, he left work late and went for a drive by the Charles River to relax. Eventually, he pulled to the side of Brighton Ave so he could send a text message safely. Then a car pulled up behind him, fast—and seconds later, he’d been carjacked by Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

For the next hour and a half, Meng traveled through Boston, Cambridge, and Watertown—first as the driver, with Tamerlan in the passenger seat, then with Tamerlan behind the wheel and Jahar Tsarnaev riding in the back. He considered trying to escape several times, but didn’t make his move until his Mercedes SUV was parked at a Shell station on Memorial drive. At that point—with Jahar inside the station and Tamerlan fiddling with a GPS—Meng decided it was the best chance he'd get. He counted to four, unbuckled, opened the door, and ran, feeling Tamerlan try and fail to grab him as he headed to a Mobil station across the street. It was, Meng said, the most terrifying moment of his life.

In a brief, gentle cross examination, the defense stressed that it was Tamerlan who took Meng captive and threatened to kill him – and that while the Tsarnaevs claimed they were both armed, only Tamerlan actually displayed a gun. 

Oddly, Meng’s his riveting account may have helped the defense. Meng testified that when Tamerland spoke of the marathon bombings and the murder of MIT police officer Sean Collier’s, he used “I,” not “we”—which could bolster the defense’s claim that Jahar was a follower.



Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been shown a dramatic video of a carjacking victim escaping from Tsarnaev and his brother days after the attacks.

The video shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev going inside a gas station convenience store in Cambridge and filling his arms with drinks and snacks. Then the video shows a man bolting from a car parked at the gas pumps and running across the street.

Seconds later, a man authorities say is Tamerlan Tsarnaev is seen going to the door of the store. Dzhokhar then runs to the counter and puts the snacks down, then runs quickly to the car.

The video shows a clear view of Dzhokhar's face even though he wearing a hooded sweatshirt.