updated 05/02/2013 AT 3:25 PM ET
•originally published 05/02/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET
A young woman who claims she had a “fleeting fling” with surviving Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth says he was a popular student who was “idolized” by his friends, including the three additional suspects arrested for assisting Dzhokar after the bombing.
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told Mother Jones she was in shock when she realized Dzhokhar – who went by the nickname Jahar at school – was involved with the bombings, since he seemed like a typical, even “adorable” college student.
“I met him standing outside a building and honestly, his face was enough to capture my heart,” said the woman, who lived in the same dorm as the alleged bomber in the fall of 2011, and added that he was popular with female students. “I walked right up to him and I was like, ‘Oh my God, you are adorable. Can we hang out?’ I’m very forward.”
But, like many freshman romances, the relationship didn’t last after Dzhokhar got too forward too fast. “He wanted to go further than I did, and that made me uncomfortable, and I realized that that’s not the kind of person that I wanted to be around,” she says. “I don’t think that’s necessarily being a terrorist. I think that’s just called being a hands-y teenaged boy.”