WILKES-BARRE — A man suspected of robbing the Hazle Mart store at Blackman Street and Hazle Avenue and eluding capture by running through a department store in Edwardsville was apprehended Wednesday night by City Wide Towing proprietor Bob Kadluboski.
Kadluboski, who has captured suspects in the past, said he detained at gunpoint Peter Naperkowski, 36, at a residence on Andover Street just after 9 p.m.
“He kept telling me, ‘It’s over, it’s over,’ ” Kadluboski said.
City police had been searching for Naperkowski since he allegedly robbed the store on Oct. 7. A clerk said Naperkowski was armed with a black handgun.
Naperkowski entered the store and told the clerk: “I don’t wanna hurt anyone, buddy. Please, I don’t wanna hurt you!” according to the criminal complaint.
Naperkowski fled and jumped into a vehicle driven by Tarra Yablonski, the complaint says. Yablonski told police Naperkowski called her for a ride so they could pick up heroin, according to the complaint.
After the robbery, Yablonski said she drove for a few minutes and told Naperkowski to get out. She said drove to Kmart in Edwardsville, where Naperkowski ran out of her vehicle and into the department store exiting through a rear emergency exit.
A witness followed the vehicle to Kmart, where Yablonski was detained by police. She was not charged.
Several police agencies and canines searched a heavily wooded area from Kmart to Lowe’s Home Improvement but were unable to find Naperkowski the day of the robbery.
He was arraigned Thursday on two counts of robbery, and one count each of theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault and reckless endangerment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail.
Kadluboski has a history or capturing suspects wanted by police:
• In July 2012, he detained two escaped inmates from the county prison when he spotted them walking along railroad tracks in the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre.
• Detained a bank robbery suspect in the middle of Public Square minutes after a heist at the PNC Bank branch on West Market Street, Wilkes-Barre.
• Captured Joseph Solomon at gunpoint in Wilkes-Barre Township in April 2007 days after Solomon crashed a garbage truck into a police cruiser in Hanover Township.
Naperkowski is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 29 before District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre.