We don’t know much about him. “Danny”, a 26-year old Chinese entrepreneur prefers to stay anonymous, even though he has made several interviews about his horrifying carjacking on April 19. In 90 minutes, he got to know a lot about the Tsarnaev brothers, more than he probably preferred. Tamerlan allegedly confessed that he had placed the bombs at the marathon and killed a police officer in Cambridge. Just minutes later he talked about girls, cars and the new iPhone. After a zigzagging trek through Watertown and Cambridge, Danny managed to escape at a Shell station.

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Photograph: Boston.com
It sounds like a script of an action movie, but Danny, by all accounts, would appear to be an important witness, even though at this early in the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, we do not know if he will appear as a witness for the prosecution. To that end, many find it odd that Danny would be doing public interviews while being in possession of, what some think to be, critical information.  

Many also question the lightheaded behavior of the brothers. Such outspoken terrorists on the run seem unusual; who would carefully plan a terrorist attack (plus possible flight opportunities) and then endanger this plan? Maybe their “confession” was due to their nervousness? Certainly though, it stirs up doubts about Danny’s story.

Another possible inconsistency with Danny’s interviews is related to the Shell station photos made that night. Danny claims that Tamerlan was in the car even at the point of his escape.  He goes on to say, that at the time of his escape, Dzhokhar was inside the Shell station paying for gas. We can view this photo from two points of view: pre-escape and post-escape.
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Photograph: Bellenews.com
If this photo was taken before Danny’s escape, we can clearly see, contrary to Danny’s statement that Tamerlan was always in the vehicle, Tamerlan entering the Shell station. While the Shell photo details only one moment in time, if this taken after Danny’s escape, is the depicted behavior of the brothers consistent with behavior of someone who’s hostage just got away?

Maybe the contradictions can be explained by Danny’s high stress level. He could have simply forget or interchanged some of his experiences. Maybe the photo was taken at a different time. Whichever way you look at it, there are contradictions that need to be explained.

If Danny is called as witness do you feel this potential inconsistency and his multiple media appearances hurt his credibility?


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Anon
6/3/2013 01:58:47 am

If you look the left of that photo you will see two people, one with the white collar, and to the left of him you can see an arm with a patch sewn onto it.
Anything on that?

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anon
6/3/2013 02:09:43 am

I thought it was odd that at first Danny claimed that the brothers spoke Russian the whole time, and now he is saying that they were talking about girls and the new iPhone. Does he speak Russian, or what?

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Anonymous
6/3/2013 03:00:50 am

What are the legal implications of Danny (by his own admission) a non-US citizen (verify) accusing a US citizen (in the case of Jahar)? Just wondering if that affects his status as witness, whether he carries extra protection from the FBI (immunity) against possible deportation ..if the defense proves his claims were false.

Also I'm interested in his contributing role to the Watertown police shooting. Someone on another thread mentioned the police implicated Danny's accusations to their hysterical actions at Watertown. This was at a Congressional hearing.

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LK
6/3/2013 07:20:56 am

I don't think being a non-US citizen affects his status as a witness. If it's necessary, the government will likely help him arrange his visa so that he will be available to testify. Also, if he does testify, the defense can use any prior inconsistent statements to prove that he isn't a believable witness (if he told the police they were speaking Russian and then states under oath at trial that they were speaking English).

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Shelley
6/13/2013 03:19:10 pm

I listened to the Congressional Committee live on NPR, and the police did connect the Tsarnaevs to the murder of Officer Collier based on Danny's statements. He Should be held accountable. I think that is why the police went after them in such an over-the-top manner killing Tamerlan and, it appears, attempting to kill Dzhokhar.

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LK
6/15/2013 07:02:28 am

How do you know Danny was not telling the truth? There needs to be some proof to hold him accountable for anything.

Anonymous
6/3/2013 03:38:43 am

You guys shld watch this - it's features another CNN witness, also called 'Danny' reporting from Syria.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJxVf2gyNoc

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A
6/3/2013 03:39:37 am

*it

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Michele
6/3/2013 04:42:45 am

It was my understanding that this photo was taken at the 7-11 store earlier that evening. If they were in a hurry, why would Jahar be carrying out groceries? Supposedly he was just getting gas.

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A
6/3/2013 06:53:16 pm

This photo is NOT from the 7-11 even though authorities called it that 'the 7-11 photo". It is from the Shell station. Look at the photos in this blog for reference.

http://jimmysllama.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/thecarchaseandthesuspects/

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LK
6/3/2013 08:03:03 am

I also don't understand why they spent 90 minutes driving around Cambridge and Watertown (especially if they were trying to get to New York)? There's no way that it took them 90 minutes to get gas, go to the ATM, etc.

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A
6/3/2013 06:38:32 pm

If they didn't go into a 7-11 earlier that night, they couldn't have met/shot Sean (MIT officer). Why would Tamerlan confess to that then? I thought we had enough clarity on that event ... it was a black male who did both the robbery and the shooting or was it just the robbery?

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LK
6/3/2013 07:00:42 pm

The robbery at the 7-11 allegedly happened earlier in the evening and was unrelated. They apparently have surveillance video of the robbery and it wasn't the Tsarnaev brothers.

I think the shooting of the MIT officer happened sometime around the time of the unrelated robbery. After the shooting, Tamerlan allegedly hijacked the car. The story as I understand it is that Tamerlan picked up Jahar (who was following in another car) and then they ran out of gas at some point. That's when Jahar went inside the Shell station to pay and picked up the snacks as seen in the Shell surveillance video.

John Baxter
6/3/2013 11:28:07 am

I'm a little confused. Is this supposed to be a picture of them entering the shop of the gas station because the open door part shows the forecourt?
Due to reflection can we decipher if Tamerlan is inside or outside eg walking in behind Dzhokhar or in front of. Him as he comes out.

"Danny's" story seems a little off in parts but who knows what's going on. Why would they drive all over the place instead of getting away either.

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LK
6/3/2013 11:35:44 am

In my understanding, Jahar is leaving the store with the food that he bought. It looks like he is pushing the door open with his back. I read somewhere that Tamerlan was waiting outside (after Danny had already escaped) and telling him to hurry up.

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Thisisjohnbax
6/3/2013 01:29:01 pm

Thanks yeah that makes sense as he's hands are full. It could then make sense that his brother came up to him to say that Danny had escaped and would be in keeping with Dzhokhar already being in the gas station as he would at this point have finished paying or the gas and have picked up a few bits.

AnonymousPoster
6/3/2013 11:47:48 am

Danny's interviews & statements in the press point out important aspects of the case against Dzhokhar that could be favorable in his legal defense.

1. According to Danny, it was Tamerlan that actually carjacked him at gun point and Dzhokhar entered the vehicle later & according to Danny simply took orders from Tamerlan to run errands. Danny made no claims Dzhokhar participated in threatening him or forcing him to do anything. He called him a follower of his brother laying responsibility on Tamerlan.

2. Danny States that when Tamerlan initially carjacked him, that Tamerlan claimed responsibility for the Boston Marathon Incident & the MIT officer shooting by saying "I did that". Tamerlan did not say "we" as in he and his brother...but "I" as in himself.

3. Danny's statements arent the only questionable items in this portion of the incident. The Shell Station's owner gave a statement to the NY Times that the brothers did not purchase anything at the gas station yet the surveillance images clearly show Dzhokhar exiting the store with Red bull & snacks having most likely paid for them whicle purchasing the gas Danny stated they had to pay CASH with.

If Tamerlan indeed carjacked Danny in the manner he stated in these interviews, we also must assume his statements alleviating allegations of guilt against Dzhokhar in suspected crimes of the Marathon, the Officer shooting & shows Dzhokhar's involvement in the carjacking as only an errand boy to be true. Which would make it contradictory to me if the chrages against Dzhokhar are under the umbrella of him being an alleged full participant and in my view seems at worst he could be an accessory under duress.



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SpeakUp23
6/3/2013 12:22:40 pm

Just a random thought, but if I pull up to a gas station and it is "cash only" I am not going to drive around town looking for an atm to go back to that same gas station, especially if I'm leaving town. There have to be a few hundred gas stations on the way to NYC that would have allowed them to pay at the pump...

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Prudence
6/4/2013 03:00:55 am

This part of the case has always felt wrong to me. If they shot and killed a police officer, why would they drive around in circles for 90 minutes?

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Anon2
6/5/2013 11:19:14 pm

@Prudence, I'm also very baffled by this as well as by the fact that they knew at that time that they were suspects, they killed a police officer , hijack a car, kidnap a person and then still go driving around in circles for 90 minutes??? I'm sorry, but this is even too far-fetched for a low-budget film scenario. In the words of my 19 year old son "it's friggin' retarded man"

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A
6/6/2013 06:27:00 am

more on Danny's confession - how did the Green Honda Civic get into Laurel St, Watertown? According to Danny, Jahar abandoned the car after moving what he describes as 'luggage' into the carjacked SUV. All three men were allegedly in the same SUV at the Shell station.

Did they retrace their steps, pick up the Honda Civic and drive separately into Watertown while throwing out explosives on Dexter Ave (according to the criminal complaint)?

Unbelievable.

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S.
6/7/2013 06:32:20 am

I'm a little confused about why 'Danny' wants to keep his identity secret. What are the possible repercussions of revealing his real name and picture? Everyone knows Jeff Baumann who identified Tamerlan, so what exactly is Danny worried of? Just asking in case someone could shed light on something that I could be overlooking.

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A
6/7/2013 06:53:27 am

And that's a valid question S. Also the media seem to be protecting his secrecy which is really unheard of in the history of media invasiveness.

Read this lady's blog - she seems to think the clerk at the gas station that called 911 on behalf of Danny originally stated he was Caucasian. http://themonicaperezshow.com/page/2/. Strangely the media is ignoring him.

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Shelley
6/13/2013 03:31:33 pm

Not only is 'Danny's' story fishy, but the media respecting his privacy is even fishier. This feels like someone is protecting him in order to ensure that the official story about the Boston bombings sticks. And to incite the vengeance of the police that one of their own was killed. It does wrap everything up in a nice, neat little package, doesn't it? Kind of like the note in the boat story? That was allegedly an FBI leak, right? Hmm. Or like Todashev confessing that he and Tamerlan committed those murders in Waltham right before he was shot 7 times to death while unarmed by - who was it? Oh yeah, the FBI.

Peter
3/16/2014 03:30:04 pm

This research on "Danny" may answer some of your questions: http://whowhatwhy.com/2014/03/13/something-dead-wrong-investigating-mysterious-central-character-danny-part-2-2/#

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Peter
3/16/2014 03:36:13 pm

Here's part one on "Danny" and his handlers: http://whowhatwhy.com/2014/03/11/9006/

Shelley
6/13/2013 03:16:07 pm

Wow - so many great observations both in the article and the comments. I do have one other comment. Danny stated that the brothers transferred explosives from their vehicle into Danny's vehicle. So when the authorities found Danny, he had all kinds of explosives in his vehicle? And Danny brought up the subjects of the Boston Bombings and the murder of Officer Collier to the police. I don't fully understand the logistics of the vehicles and why they were where they were during those 90 minutes (of driving in circles - unbelievable), but could it be that Danny actually had a connection to one or both of these 2 crimes independent of the Tsarnaev brothers? I'm not saying he did, I'm saying it's crossed my mind though. Bottom line is, the guy was found with explosives in his vehicle, and with a pretty outrageous story of why and how he got there. So who is he, what is he doing with explosives, and why did he interject himself into this saga, because frankly, his version makes no logical sense at all.

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