Police say they have apprehended the carjacking suspect wanted for blazing through the Verrazano Bridge toll plaza in a stolen Hummer, prompting officers to open fire.
The suspect was picked up on Staten Island late Tuesday after a two-day manhunt, police say. He is being questioned in connection with an armed carjacking Sunday night and the attempted traffic stop that led to shots fired on the nation’s longest suspension bridge early Monday.
No charges have been filed at this time.
Police say the man in custody is believed to be the suspect who approached a 29-year-old man on Holland Avenue Sunday morning, showed a gun and demanded cash. The suspect then allegedly made the man get on the ground and stole his 2006 Hummer.
After the carjacking, the NYPD issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin to area law enforcement agencies for the vehicle and suspect.
The MTA says Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority police spotted the SUV headed over the Verrazano Bridge more than 18 hours later, at around 1:30 a.m. Monday. Officers tried to flag down the car, but the driver disobeyed orders, blowing through the toll plaza. That’s when officers opened fire.
The agency says a female passenger later tried to run from the SUV and was arrested and turned over to the MTA. The suspect abandoned the vehicle a short time later, fleeing on foot.
No one was injured in the gunfire or the carjacking, authorities said.