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Queens man faces 7 charges after Crown Heights crime spree

Posted at 11:06 AM, Jul 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-20 11:08:46-04
Police found a .25 caliber semi-automatic hand gun when searching the area where Clinton Lawson, 30, was found. (Photo: DCPI)

Police found a .25 caliber semi-automatic hand gun when searching the area where Clinton Lawson, 30, was found. (Photo: DCPI)

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (PIX11) — Police have arrested a Queens man after he led a string of crimes in Brooklyn Saturday afternoon, including car-jacking and burglary while brandishing a gun.

Police first responded to reports of a collision and shots fired at the intersection of Kingston Avenue and Saint John’s Place in Crown Heights around 5:25 p.m. A later investigation revealed that 30-year-old Clinton Lawson of 117-49 141 St. in Queens first car-jacked a black 2010 Toyota Corolla at Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue, forcing the 64-year-old male driver and a 58-year-old female passenger out of the car with a gun.

Lawson then fled to Kingston Ave. with the stolen car, where he struck a 75-year-old man and a parked 2014 Mercedes Benz near the intersection with Saint John’s Place. When the owner of the Mercedes confronted him, Lawson emerged from the car and fired at the 22-year-old, missing him. The hit pedestrian was transported by EMS to Kings County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Lawson fled the scene on foot, running to Sterling Place and Brooklyn Avenue and car-jacked a black 2003 Nissan Xterra, forcing the male driver and female passenger, both 27, out of the car. He drove west on Sterling Avenue, where he struck two additional parked cars around Rogers Avenue, disabling the stolen Nissan.

The suspect then fled on foot again. When police arrived, witnesses told them he ran behind a nearby residential house. Officers canvassed the area and found Lawson in front of the location, attempting to blend into the crowd. Witnesses identified him to police, who then arrested him.

The owner of the home later informed officers that Lawson entered the home, and she yelled for him to get out. When searching the area, they discovered a .25 caliber semi-automatic hand gun.

Lawson will face the following charges: robbery in the first degree while displaying a firearm, 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 motor vehicle and operator leaves scene of accident.