Kings County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced Monday that 29-year-old Clinton Lawson of Queens has been indicted on multiple counts of first-degree robbery and other charges in connection with a crime spree he committed in the 77th Precinct of Crown Heights.
According to the investigation, on July 19, 2014, at around 5:20pm, in the vicinity of Eastern Parkway and Utica Ave, a 65-year-old man was driving a 2010 Toyota Corolla when Lawson allegedly approached the driver’s side window, threatened to shoot the driver, ordered him out of the car, struck him in the face with the gun and then drove off with the vehicle.
Shortly thereafter, Lawson was seen driving recklessly, striking a 75-year-old pedestrian with the car and then fleeing, but not before pointing his weapon at a witness to the incident and firing in his direction.
The defendant then approached the driver’s side of another car, a Nissan Xterra, pointed a gun at the driver, took posession of the car and drove off.
Shortly thereafter, the defendant broke into an apartment on Sterling Place. He fled after being confronted by the tenants but was arrested outside of the apartment.
Lawson was arraigned Monday morning before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Joseph Gubbay on a 29-count indictment in which he is charged with multiple counts of first and second-degree robbery, first- and second-degree assault, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree burglary and other charges.
He was ordered held on bail of $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash. He faces more than 25 years in prison if convicted.