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Police Arrest Suspect In Queens Carjackings Spree

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Police in say they have arrested an armed man wanted in connection with several carjackings in Queens Thursday.

The New York City Police Department says Nicolas Almonte, 27, was taken into custody in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn Thursday evening.

Investigators say it all began around 9:30 a.m. when officers responded to a robbery complaint at 21-27 Borden Avenue in Long Island City.

Upon their arrival, a woman told them a man had stolen her black 2006 Mercedes at gunpoint.

Police say the suspect drove the woman around for several minutes before she was able to flee the car without injury near Queens Plaza by Thompson Avenue and Vandam Street.

Police say the suspect then attempted to take a white 2006 Ford Econoline van after fleeing the Mercedes, but was unsuccessful.

At 10 a.m., police responded to a call at Thompson Avenue and Vandam Street where a male victim told officers the suspect pulled out a gun and forcibly took his gray 2007 Lexus E350.

Police say the victim did not suffer any injuries and the vehicle was recovered a short time later at 38th Street and Hunters Point Avenue.

Minutes later, police say a woman walking her dog reported that a male fitting the description of the suspect attempted to forcibly remove car keys from her near 50th Avenue and 39th Street.

Police say the suspect fled in an unknown direction after she told him she did not have any car keys.

At 10:20 a.m., police say a male truck driver also reported being approached at gunpoint by a man in the vicinity of 38th Street and Hunters Point Avenue. They say the man removed an undetermined amount of cash from the victim and fled on foot.

At 10:30 a.m., police say a man reported being approached by the alleged suspect at 39th Street and Greenpoint Avenue. They say he displayed a gun and took off with his 1996 Gold Mercedes C280.

The vehicle has not been recovered.

Some of Almonte's co-workers told NY1 that while he was always civil, they said he was not acting like himself over the past week.

"Two days ago, he didn't even respond back to me at all. He didn't want to talk," said one co-worker. "He just seemed totally lost."

"Maybe not surprised. Maybe more shocked of the fact that he went that level, as far as acquiring a gun and doing allegedly what he said," said another. "Shock is not more the word. I guess it is what it is. He snapped."

Those co-workers also said that Almonte recently went through a bad breakup.

Police say there is no known motive at this time.

Police expanded their search to Jersey City, where they said he may also have had ties. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP