May 9, 2013 By Christian Murray (update: 7pm)
The police have arrested a Long Island City man who allegedly went on a carjacking and armed robbery spree that took place throughout Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City this morning.
The police said that Nicholas Almonte, 27, stole a a woman’s Mercedes at gun point at 9:37 am near the entrance to the Queens Mid-Town Tunnel. He took the vehicle and drove the victim around—before the terrified woman was able to flee near Queens Plaza. The woman was not hurt and Almonte ditched the car.
The police said at about 10:00am Almonte pulled out a gun and took a man’s 2007 Lexus at Thompson Ave and Vandam Street. The victim was not hurt and the car was recovered a short time later at 38th Street and Hunters Point Avenue.
About 10 minutes later, Almonte tried to steal car keys from a woman walking her dog near 50th Avenue and 39th Street – but fled after she told him she didn’t have any.
At 10:20 am, Almonte allegedly held a truck driver up at gunpoint in the vicinity of 38th Street and Hunters Point Avenue. Almonte allegedly stole cash and fled on foot, according to police.
Then at about 10:30am, he allegedly carjacked a man driving a 1996 gold Mercedes at 39th Street and Greenpoint Avenue.
He was arrested in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, this evening.