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February 17. 2013 2:25AM

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WILKES-BARRE – The only movie Sean Patrick Flavin will see in the immediate future will be in jail.

Flavin, 33, last known address as Regent Street, Wilkes-Barre, was extradited Friday from Connecticut where he was captured a few days after he allegedly robbed a clerk at R/C Movies 14 on East Northampton Street on Aug. 19.

Flavin was arraigned by District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre on charges of robbery, illegal possession of a weapon, simple assault and theft. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.

City police allege Flavin was armed with a handgun and threatened Colin Henry as Henry left the ticket office at the theater. Flavin demanded the money bag and told Henry not to watch him leave as he ran out the lobby doors, according to the criminal complaint.

A surveillance picture of the suspect was released to media outlets.

City police Det. Charles Jensen stated in the criminal complaint that Lydia Naperkowski recognized the person in the picture as Flavin.

Naperkowski turned over a money bag she found under a child's playpen in her house. Henry identified it as the money bag taken from him, the complaint alleges.

Police say in the complaint Naperkowski had communicated with Flavin on her cellphone and Flavin sent several text messages to Naperkowski after the robbery.

Police secured a search warrant for Naperkowski's cellphone records to determine what Flavin may have texted to her.

Flavin was captured after a several-hour standoff with police at a house on Artillery Road in Watertown, Conn., on Aug. 22.

Watertown police Lt. Mark Raimo told reporters at the time that Flavin knows the homeowners on Artillery Road.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 26 before District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.

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