Clerk Recounts Man's Escape From Boston Bombers

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 08:23 AM

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A man carjacked by the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects early Friday fled to a nearby gas station for help, saying that the men were trying to kill him.

Tarek Ahmed was working at a Cambridge, Mass., gas station when a young man ran into the store screaming.

"Call the police! Call the police! These people are trying to kill me!"

The man was allegedly carjacked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by the suspects, which NBC News has identified as the Tsarnaev brothers of Chechnya. One of the suspects has been killed. The other, 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, is still on the run.

The suspects reportedly dropped the victim off at the gas station after driving around with him for about 30 minutes, authorities said.

Ahmed described the victim as a Caucasian between 20 and 25 years old. He said the man ran into his store "shaking and scared and very nervous."

"I thought he was drunk. I didn't believe him when he came in it just sounded very crazy," Ahmed told

Ahmed allowed the victim to use the store's telephone to call police.

"He just came in and said, 'call police, call police someone is trying to kill me.' They stole car and dropped him off. It was very scary," Ahmed told "He came very fast and was nervous and was afraid of the guy. He said they pushed him out of car. When this guy came, I think he's drunk I don't believe him. He went inside and closed the door. He was shaking and very nervous. I only believe him when the cops came."

Police took the surveillance tapes from the gas station to investigate.

The victim didn't appear to be injured, Ahmed said.

The chaos all began about six hours after authorities released photos of the two men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings to the media Thursday. Overnight, the suspects reportedly robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store and then engaged in a gunfight with police that left one MIT police officer dead and a Transit officer wounded, Colonel Timothy Alben told the Boston Globe.

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