NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It took a while, but the NYPD finally got its man.
Nicolas Almonte, 27, had been wanted for questioning related to a series of carjackings and robberies, a violent spree that started Thursday morning in Queens. He was apprehend in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, early in the evening, CBS 2 learned.READ MORE: Lionel Virgile, Accused Of Throwing Bleach And Molotov Cocktail At NYPD, Facing Federal Charges
Greenpoint is just across the Newtown Creek from where the carjackings took place in Hunters Point, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.
Before police caught up with Almonte at around 6 p.m., residents said they noticed the suspect acting disoriented.
“I was like ‘I can’t help you, I’m gonna call the police.’ He said, ‘God sent me to you,’” witness Sybil Jason told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.
“He kept saying, ‘I need bread. I need bread.'”
Police said the suspect carjacked three vehicles, robbed four people, waved a gun at six others, totally terrorizing an otherwise quiet neighborhood, police told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.
“As soon as he opened the door, he held up to him the gun and said ‘give me the money,'” one of the victims’ friends said.