A Great Neck man has been arrested for trying to carjack a driver while brandishing a fake handgun in Manorhaven on Thursday evening, Nassau County police said.

Edward Sedaghati was charged with attempted kidnapping, menacing, possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Police said the 29-year-old man was wearing a ski mask when he got into the passenger side of a Chevrolet parked in the driveway of a Sintsink Drive East home and pulled out the fake gun when the victim pushed the suspect out of the vehicle at 5:35 p.m.

The victim gained control of the weapon as a passerby helped the victim hold Sedaghati until officers arrived to take him into custody, police said.

Authorities said they recovered an imitation handgun, gravity knife, duct tape, tie wraps and a bag containing marijuana. The victim was not injured.

Sedaghati will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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The incident occurred an hour before police said a Franklin Square man caught a drunken man stealing his Honda CRV while it was warming up in the victim’s driveway.

In that case, 42-year-old John Brito of Franklin Square was also held by the victim and a passerby until officers arrived and found the suspect to be under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Brito will be arraigned Friday on charges of robbery, driving while intoxicated and driving without a license.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.