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Suspect Arrested In Connection With Brooklyn Carjacking, Robbery

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) -- Police have arrested a suspect wanted in connection with a carjacking that took place in Brooklyn on Friday afternoon.

On January 3, at 3:30 police responded to a report of a robbery that took place near the corner of 75th Street and Pitkin Avenue in East New York.

A 19-year-old man said that he was shoveling his Honda Civic out from the snow on 75th Street in Queens when the suspect Genero Placencia, 18, offered to help. Once the vehicle was freed police say Placencia asked the victim for a ride to Brooklyn.

Upon arrival Placencia allegedly brandished a firearm and demanded property. The victim handed over an iPhone 5 and $60.

The vehicle was later discovered abandoned at the corner of Logan Ave and Atlantic Ave. Authorities also discovered video footage of the suspect fleeing the vehicle and running on Logan Avenue towards Dinsmore Ave.

While tracing the suspect's route officers discovered a black 9mm High Point gun. Witnesses told police that the suspect had run into an auto body shop where he changed clothes.

As authorities continued to canvass the area they observed the suspect inside of a Chestnut Street laundromat. The suspect fled as detectives entered the building. He was later discovered in a basement with most of his clothes off.

Placencia was positively identified by the victim. The victim's cell phone was discovered in a garbage bag along with the suspect's clothing, police said.

Placencia has been charged with Robbery, Criminal Possession of a Weapon Second Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th Degree, and Resisting Arrest.

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