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[UPDATE] Arrest made in LIC carjacking spree

By Karen Frantz

Police arrested a man who was suspected of going on a carjacking spree in the borough Thursday, allegedly stealing three cars at gunpoint and attempting to steal several others within the course of an hour.

Nicolas Almonte, 27, was charged with five counts of robbery with a firearm, three counts of robbery of a motor vehicle, attempted robbery and unlawful imprisonment.

Police said he was arrested at 5:45 p.m. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and one of the cars he allegedly stole, a gold Mercedes, was recovered nearby.

The suspect allegedly carjacked several vehicles in Long Island City starting around 9:30 a.m., according to police, who said he allegedly took a black Mercedes from a woman near Borden and 21st streets – a mere block and a half away from where acquaintances said Almonte lives.

He allegedly drove around for several minutes with the woman in the car, but she was able to flee at Queens Plaza without injury, police said.

The suspect then allegedly went on to carjack at least two additional cars, attempt unsuccessfully to carjack several others and steal money from a truck driver in quick succession, police said.

Reach reporter Karen Frantz by e-mail at kfrantz@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4538.

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