After a large scale manhunt, a suspect is in custody for the apparently random carjackings of two luxury vehicles in Queens.
The suspect was taken into custody around 6 p.m. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
All the incidents happened in Long Island City Thursday morning. The first carjacking was in the vicinity of 21-27 Borden Avenue at 9:30 a.m., while the second was at Van Dam Street and Thompson Avenue at around 9:50 a.m.
Authorities say the suspect, identified as Nicolas Almonte, 27, carjacked a Mercedes at gunpoint, then carjacked a Lexus nearby. The suspect then attempted to carjack a second Mercedes and another vehicle, but was not successful.
Although the suspect committed the crimes while brandishing a weapon, police have reason to believe that the gun is either a pellet gun or a fake.
Almonte fled the third crime scene.
Police were searching for the suspect at his home, his place of business and at his mother’s house.
No shots were fired in any of the incidents, and no drivers were injured.