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Armed man arrested after carjacking spree in Crown Heights

By Mason White 4:38 PM July 21, 2014
Gun used in carjacking 

By: Devansh Dutt
An armed man was arrested on charges of robbery after allegedly going on a carjacking spree in Crown Heights, police in New York said.

Brooklyn Police said that they arrested 30-year-old Clinton Lawson of Queens, on Saturday afternoon.

Police first responded to reports of a collision and shooting at the intersection of Kingston Avenue and St. John Place in Crown Heights around 5:25 p.m.

When police arrived at the scene they learned that Lawson hijacked a black 2010 Toyota Corolla at Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue, forcing the 64-year-old male driver and his 58-year-old female passenger out of the car with a gun.

Lawson fled with the stolen car. He crashed into a 75-year-old man and a parked 2014 Mercedes Benz. When the owner of the Mercedes confronted him, Lawson got out and shot the 22-year-old man.

Luckily, the shot missed its target. The elderly man was transported to Kings County Hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening.

After the crash, Lawson fled and carjacked a black 2003 Nissan Xterra, forcing the male driver and female passenger, both 27, out of the car.

He drove off and hit another two vehicles. The suspect fled on foot again. When police arrived, witnesses told them that he ran behind a residential house.

The officers found Lawson, who was trying to blend in with the crowd. Witnesses identified him to the police. Officers found the gun used in the crimes on Lawson.

Lawson was charged with first-degree robbery using a firearm, assault with intent to cause serious injury with a weapon, robbery in the first degree, reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, aggravated unlicensed motor operation of a vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.