SWOYERSVILLE – A Scranton man charged in a brash robbery at a Larksville store where a clerk was handcuffed at gunpoint earlier this month was captured after a heist at a Kingston gas station Thursday night.
Nicholas Kyle Reed, 25, of Adams Avenue, was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by Charles Everetts, 54, of Armstrong Street, Edwardsville, which was stopped on the North Cross-Valley Expressway minutes after the Sunoco Service Station on Market Street in Kingston was held up, authorities said.
Kingston police said it was the second robbery at the Sunoco station this week.
Larksville police had been searching for Reed since he allegedly handcuffed a clerk during an armed robbery at the Nu Mart store on East State Street on Dec. 2.
Police allege Reed, armed with a handgun, entered Nu Mart and confronted a clerk changing a garbage bag. Reed allegedly handcuffed the clerk and forced her to open the cash register. The clerk was unable to open a safe inside the store, police said.
Reed allegedly took cellphones from the clerk and a customer he confronted outside.
Police found the clerk's cellphone inside a residence on Jackson Street in Edwardsville.
Kingston police investigating a robbery at Sunoco just after 7 p.m. Thursday learned the suspect drove away in a beat-up Chevrolet truck, which was stopped by Forty Fort police on the expressway.
A pellet gun with a laser and a knit hat were found inside the truck, according to the criminal complaint.
Reed was charged by Larksville police with three counts of robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, theft, simple assault, reckless endangerment, retail theft and receiving stolen property. He was charged by Kingston police with three counts of robbery and a single count of possessing instruments of crime.
Everetts was charged with criminal conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to hinder apprehension.
Reed and Everetts were arraigned by District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville. Reed was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $500,000 bail, and Everetts was jailed for lack of $100,000 bail.
Unrelated to the arrests of Reed and Everetts, Kingston police on Thursday charged Shaun Butler, 30, address not listed, for the alleged robbery at the Sunoco station on Market Street on Dec. 25. Butler was arraigned by Barilla on three counts of robbery and jailed for lack of $100,000 bail.