CONNELLSVILLE (KDKA) — Three teenagers are in custody in connection with a home invasion in Fayette County that left an elderly man with serious injuries when state police say he was pistol whipped.

The incident happened around 11 p.m. Friday at a home in the 600-block of East Francis Avenue in Connellsville.

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According to state police, the teens – armed with pistols – rang the doorbell at the back of the house and when 79-year-old Caesar Gaspari answered, they forced their way inside.

Investigators say one of the teens hit Gaspari in the head twice with a gun and the other two locked 35-year-old Lisa Gaspari in a bedroom.

They stole a safe and then took off on foot, state police said.

The man was taken to Highlands Hospital where he was treated for two severe lacerations to the forehead.

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Connellsville Police tracked the teens, ages 14, 16 and 17, to a home in the 100-block of West Cedar Street where they were taken into custody.

They were taken to a juvenile placement facility.

The investigation continues.

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