Clinton Lawson, 30, is in police custody after he allegedly started his bout with crime at around 5:25 p.m., when authorities first responded to a car crash and shots fired in Crown Heights. Credit: NYPD
A Queens man went on a carjacking crime spree on Saturday that sent an elderly man to the hospital.
Clinton Lawson, 30, is in police custody after he allegedly started his bout with crime at around 5:25 p.m., when authorities first responded to a car crash and shots fired in Crown Heights.
Cops arrived at the scene to find a 64-year-old man and his 58-year-old female passenger, who they said were forced out of their 2010 Toyota Corolla. The two were in the car near the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue when they were approached by a firearm-flashing Lawson.
In the newly stolen car, Lawson reportedly made his way down towards Kingston Avenue and Saint John's Place when he ran into a 2014 Mercedes Benz. Its driver, a 75-year-old man, got out of the car to confront Lawson, and the supposed carjacker again brandished a gun before taking aim at the elderly man.
Lawson pulled the trigger towards the victim but missed. Nonetheless, paradmedis responded and took the victim to Kings County Hospital Center to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
But Lawson kept evading police. With the stolen Corolla totaled, he ran towards Sterling Place and Brooklyn Avenue, where he approached a man and woman inside a 2003 Nissan Xterra.
Lawson allegedly flashed his gun a third time, forcing male driver and female passenger, both 27, out of the car. The suspect got into the SUV and drive westbound on Sterling Avenue when investigators said he collided with two cars parked on Rogers Avenue.
With his second escape vehicle out of commission, police said Lawson then fled on foot until he made it to the back of a nearby home. Investigators said the homeowner noticed and yelled at him to get out.
Lawson, now out in the open, is said to have tried to blend with a growing crowd of onlookers. But at least one of those onlookers noticed him and pointed him out to police, who apprehended him without incident soon after.
Officers later canvased the home where he tried to hide out and said they found a .25 caliber semi-automatic hand gun.
Lawson, who is awaiting arraignment, faces a litany of charges that include first-degree robbery, assault with intent to cause serious injury with a weapon, third-degree weapon possession, burglary, unlicensed aggravated operating of a vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.