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WILKES-BARRE TWP. - State police at Wyoming captured a man they allege participated in a violent home invasion in Bear Creek Township in April 2012 when an elderly couple was tied up.


Nathaniel Vestal, 40, was captured inside a house on Church Street, Kingston, at about 11 a.m. Wednesday.


State police allege Vestal, William Gronosky, 30, of Nanticoke, and Charles Conden, 46, of Hanover Township, forced their way inside a house on Pittston Boulevard and tied up an elderly couple on April 7, 2012.


The three men used code names inside the house before getting away with money, firearms and a vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.


A fourth suspect, Wesley Hendricks, 51, of Wilkes-Barre, acted as a lookout in a vehicle but drove away, leaving Vestal, Gronosky and Conden behind, the complaint says.


Gronosky, Conden and Hendricks are facing robbery, burglary and conspiracy charges in Luzerne County Court.


Vestal was arraigned by District Judge Michael Dotzel in Wilkes-Barre Township on multiple charges of robbery, burglary and criminal conspiracy. He was jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $100,000 bail.


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