Mass. auto body shop owner describes run-in with suspect on the loose

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April 19, 2013, 3:40 pm
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(NECN: Eileen Curran) – An auto body shop owner in Cambridge, Mass. had a run-in this week with the younger of the two suspects, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

“He was biting his fingernails and I noticed he was shaking his legs,” said an auto body shop owner.

Dzhokhar was agitated on Tuesday when he went to pick up a Mercedes he had left at Juniors Auto Body near his Cambridge, Mass. home.

Owner Gilberto Junior had no idea police would be hunting down the teen just days later in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing and the fatal shooting of an MIT cop.

“He came on Tuesday, and he was, ‘I need the car right now.’ I said, ‘The car has no bumpers, no tail lights.’ And he say, ‘I don’t care. I need the car right now.”

Dzhokhar took the car, believed to be the same one involved in a deadly shootout with police Thursday night, that left the older brother dead.

Junior says he knew both suspects, and says they always seemed like nice kids.

He didn’t recognize them from the first set of pictures released on Thursday.

“I look at pictures, the FBI put on website, I wasn’t sure. One picture from suspect two, I saw his nose, and I remember he got a big nose, and this morning I woke up and I see the picture that they had from 711 last night and I knew.”

He only wishes now the pictures had come out before Tuesday. Maybe then, one police officer would still be alive and another uninjured.

“I felt guilty and frustrated cause he was next to me on Tuesday and I did nothing.”

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