Suspected Armed Carjacker Sought After Running Through Verrazano Bridge Toll Plaza

Monday, Jul 7, 2014  |  Updated 2:19 PM EDT
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Armed Carjack Suspect Sought After Verrazano Toll Shooting

Authorities are looking for Tyree Brown (inset top right) in connection with a carjacking.

Police are looking for an armed carjacking suspect who blazed through the Verrazano Bridge toll plaza in the stolen vehicle Monday morning and didn't heed police orders to stop, prompting authorities to open fire.

The MTA said it was told at about 1:30 a.m. to look out for a 2006 Hummer that had been involved in an armed carjacking on Sunday; the vehicle was spotted west going through the plaza in Staten Island about 40 minutes later.

Authorities tried to flag down the car but the driver, believed to be Tyree Brown (photo above), kept going and Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Police opened fire, the MTA says.  

The agency says a woman tried to run from the car; she was arrested and turned over to the NYPD. Brown apparently abandoned the car a short time after blowing through the toll plaza and fled on foot. 

Police say Brown allegedly carjacked the Hummer shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday at an apartment building on Holland Avenue. They say he went to the back of the building, approached a 29-year-man, showed a gun and demanded money. Brown allegedly made the man lay on the ground, then stole his Hummer.

No one was injured in the gunfire at the toll plaza Monday or in Sunday's carjacking, authorities said. 

Anyone with information about Brown or the carjacking is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

-Brynn Gingras contributed to this report

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