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Man arrested after going on carjacking and shooting spree in Crown Heights

By Mason White 2:48 PM September 23, 2014
Gun used by Clinton Lawson 

By: Anika Rao
A man who went on a carjacking and shooting spree in Crown Heights, was arrested on charges of carjacking, prosecutors in New York said.

Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson said that 29-year-old Clinton Lawson of Queens, has been indicted on multiple counts of first-degree robbery, assault and other charges in connection with the crime spree he allegedly committed last month.

Lawson of 117-49 141st Street, Jamaica, was arraigned before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Joseph Gubbay on a 29-count indictment, in which he is charged with multiple counts of first and second-degree robbery, first and second-degree assault, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, fourth-degree criminal mischief and reckless driving.

He is being held on $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash. He faces more than 25 years in prison if convicted.
According to the police investigation, in the vicinity of Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue, in Crown Heights, a 65-year-old man was driving a Toyota Corolla when the defendant allegedly approached the driver’s side window, threatened to shoot the driver, ordered him out of the car, struck him in the face with the gun and then drove off in the vehicle.

Shortly thereafter, the defendant was allegedly seen driving recklessly and striking a 75-year-old pedestrian with the Corolla and then fleeing, but not before pointing his weapon at a witness to the incident, and discharging it in his direction.

The defendant then approached the driver’s side window of a Nissan Xterra, and at gunpoint ordered that driver out of the vehicle and then drove off in the Nissan.

The defendant allegedly broke into an apartment on Sterling Place. He fled after being confronted by the tenants, and was arrested outside the apartment.