Reporting Michelle Roberts
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – A Malden cab driver was shocked when he saw the photos of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. He says he gave the brothers a ride the day before the attacks.
“It’s a haunting experience,” says Jim Duggan. “Let me put it that way.”
Duggan says it’s hard to sleep knowing he “transported that kind of evil.”
He drives people around Boston everyday and likes to strikes up conversation with the people in the backseat. Last Sunday, the day before the marathon, he picked up two young guys at the Malden train station.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever seen it before, but, man the marathon is right over the bridge you guys should check it out,” Duggan says he told the men.
It wasn’t until days later that his comment seemed eerie.
“Eventually I asked him, ‘Hey, where did you get that cap?’”
Duggan says it was the same cap he saw all over the news. He soon put names to the faces he in the rear-view mirror: Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Duggan dropped the men off in Kendall Square near Tommy Doyle’s Irish Pub, about a half a mile from their home on Norfolk St.
“I put it in drive and went to drive away,” recalls Duggan. “Next thing I know I hear someone screaming and pounding on the trunk.”
He still had one of their bags in his trunk.
Duggan says, “Really the most chilling thing is remembering picking up that backpack and how heavy it was, and thinking to myself ‘Man I could have had that bomb in my hands.’”
Duggan may never know what was inside, but he will always remember that drive to Cambridge.