A 30-year-old man from Queens, New York was arrested and charged with 7 different crimes after allegedly carjacking two couples in the Brooklyn area, attempting to shoot a pedestrian, and ramming another man.
New York Police Department (NYPD) officers say Clinton Lawson tore through the city on a violent carjacking spree. The spree began when Lawson allegedly forced a 58-year-old woman and 64-year-old man from their 2010 Toyota Corolla at gunpoint around the area of Eastern Parkway and Utica Ave late Saturday afternoon. Upon stealing the couple’s vehicle, Lawson allegedly drove to Kingston Ave. where he hit a 75-year-old man and a parked car.
The 75-year-old victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery.
The 22-year-old owner of the parked car, whose name is not yet known, stepped out of his vehicle to confront Lawson, at which point authorities believe Lawson responded by shooting at the owner of the parked car. The gunshot, however, missed the owner of the parked car.
After allegedly ramming an elderly man, hitting a parked car, and attempting to shoot the car’s owner, Lawson drove down the street to Sterling Place and Brooklyn Ave. where he carjacked another vehicle from a 23-year-old man and 23-year-old woman. Once inside his new vehicle, authorities say Lawson drove to Rogers Ave. where he crashed into several other parked cars. With the NYPD following close behind, Lawson jumped out of the driver’s side door and ran for cover behind a nearby home.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found Lawson attempting to “blend into the crowd of the onlookers.” Officers spotted the alleged carjacker, arrested and charging him with over half a dozen different crimes, including robbery, attempting to cause serious injury with a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment, and fleeing and eluding law enforcement.
The New York Police Department released a photo of the alleged firearm used in the crimes (see above). Police officers recovered the firearm near the scene or the arrest where the carjacking spree occurred. A photo was taken before the firearm was removed to be used as potential evidence in court.
Lawson is currently in jail waiting arraignment. It’s unknown at this time whether or not Lawson has sought legal representation for these alleged crimes.