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South Jamaica man held in Bklyn carjack spree

Police allege two vehicles taken at gunpoint; another car owner shot at

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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:28 am, Thu Jul 31, 2014.

nd weapons charges in Brooklyn after he allegedly carjacked two vehicles at gunpoint on Saturday and shot at the owner of a car that he struck.

Clinton Lawson, 30, of 141st Street, was arrested on charges of first-degree robbery, assault with intent to cause serious injury with a weapon, burglary, first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, aggravated unlicensed operating a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

The office of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said Lawson still was awaiting arraignment as of Wednesday morning.

It was not known if further charges were pending.

Police said officers from Brooklyn’s 77th Precinct responded at approximately 5:25 p.m. to reports of a vehicle collision and shots fired at the intersection of Kingston Avenue and St. John’s Place.

The investigation allegedly determined that Lawson approached the owner of a Toyota Corolla at Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue, displayed a gun and ordered the driver and passenger, both senior citizens, out of the car before driving off.

He then reportedly drove to Kingston Avenue, where he struck a 75-year-old man and a parked 2014 Mercedes Benz near the intersection with St. John’s Place.

Police said when confronted by the driver of the Mercedes, Lawson fired a .25-caliber handgun, missing the intended victim.

The pedestrian who was struck was taken to an area hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Lawson than allegedly ran in the direction of Sterling Place where he forced two people out of a Nissan Xterra at gunpoint. Heading west on Sterling Avenue he allegedly struck two more parked vehicles in the vicinity of Rogers Avenue.

Police said he fled on foot when the Xterra was disabled. Upon their arrival, witnesses told officers that the suspect had run to a nearby residential area. People subsequently pointed Lawson out to police as he allegedly tried to blend in with a crowd that began gathering.

He was arrested without further incident.

Police said they learned that one homeowner allegedly confronted Lawson when he entered her residence.

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