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Police arrest gunman in home invasion

A State College man, accused of invading a Patton Township home and threatening residents with a gun Sunday night, was arrested by police at about 10 p.m. Monday and sent to jail, a district judge said.

Jayson B. Hodges, of 2131 North Oak Lane, was charged with two counts of robbery, one count of burglary, one count of criminal trespass and one count of criminal attempt — theft by unlawful taking, according to a news release issued by District Judge Thomas N. Jordan.

Hodges was arraigned before Jordan in Centre Hall and committed to the Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail, the judge said.

His arrest follows an investigation by the Patton Township police, who think Hodges is responsible for entering a Picadilly Road home and ordering resident Charles Lacrosse to get down on the ground. Lacrosse’s wife had escaped to a neighbor’s home to summon help and the perpetrator had fled in a vehicle and hadn’t been found.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 31, Jordan said in the statement.

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