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Home invasion victim speaks out about attackers

Updated: Friday, August 1 2014, 10:54 AM EDT
HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio -- The alleged crime – a violent home invasion in which the victim was beaten and tied up while three suspects left with thousands of dollars – took place July 22 in Harrison County.
On Thursday night, NEWS9’s Ryan Eldredge caught up with investigators who are still trying to track down one of the three individuals responsible for that crime, and the victim.
"I'm kind of paranoid,” victim Joe Gale said. “When I go outside, I look around all over the place. When I go away for 2-3 hours, even though the house is locked, I gotta check all through the house to see if anybody's in here. No, it's not the same as it was, no.”
For the 71-year-old Gale, life will never be the same.
"To this day, I don't know how I got lose,” he said. “I don't have any idea how I got lose."
He was bound, choked, and beaten, inside his Jewett home while three individuals picked their way through.
"I've got a bunch of broken bones,” Gale said. “My nose broken and something's broken down (under his left eye). I thought maybe I have an “S” on my chest or something, but I don't. It just happened so quick."
Gale says he knew Autumn Stabill, one of the suspects who was arrested shortly after the crime. But he didn't know Kara Clark, who's also been arrested. Nor did he know Bryan Nicosia, who remains on the run.
"If he wants to come back he can, but I'm gonna be ready this time. Yeah, I'll let you get a shot at him one time. I would."
While Gale waits and wonders, investigators, like U.S. Marshal Chad Simpson, are doing everything they can to capture Nicosia.
"Right now we're trying to piece everything together and try to get closer to him so we can capture him safely,” Simpson said.
Investigators say Nicosia has an extensive criminal background and has law enforcement from three states hot on his tail. If you have any information on his whereabouts, you are asked to call local investigators or our Crimebusters Tipline at 1-800-862-BUST.

Home invasion victim speaks out about attackers

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