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Shooting suspect faces new charges

by on July 31, 2014 10:59 AM

Eagan Minich, the 29-year-old White Township man awaiting trial on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and making terroristic threats, has now also been charged with possessing a firearm without a license and tampering with evidence in another shooting while free on bond.

According to a criminal complaint filed by state police at Indiana, the latest charges stem from a verbal argument between Minich and Brian Schrecengost, 34, at DJ Joe’s Bar in McIntyre on the night of July 18 or early morning of July 19.

Also according to the court document, a short time after the argument there was a collision between Minich’s pickup truck and another vehicle that followed Minich’s truck to his residence at 5885 Old Route 56.

Police said shots were then fired from the rear window of Minich’s truck.

Police said a witness, Nicole Vizza, 26, told investigators Minich said he shot at the other vehicle because it had rammed his truck.

No one was reported hurt by the gunfire, but at least one of several people riding in the two vehicles was injured in the collision, according to the criminal complaint.

Police charged Minich with having a firearm in his vehicle or concealed on his person without a license, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He’s being held at the Indiana County Jail on $5,000 bail.

Minich previously was accused by state police of punching and then shooting Hayden Warmke, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania criminology student from Hollidaysburg, in the parking lot of the Maple Town Houses, 565 Maple St., White Township, shortly after 2 a.m. Jan. 30. Police said the attack followed an argument over a brief traffic delay in downtown Indiana.

After his arrest for that confrontation, Minich was incarcerated at the Indiana County Jail, held for court at a preliminary hearing March 27 and eventually released on bond.

Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty said today his office has filed a petition seeking to have Minich’s release on bond revoked.

At the March preliminary hearing, Warmke testified he was riding in a car that stopped at Philadelphia and North Seventh streets so that a door that was ajar could be shut, and the driver of a silver Lincoln behind them began blowing his vehicle’s horn.

The Lincoln tailed the car Warmke was riding in to the parking lot of the apartments where he said the driver, identified as Minich, first punched Warmke and broke his nose and knocked him to the pavement, then hovered over him and shot him in the leg.

Minich is awaiting trial on the first charges and is awaiting a preliminary hearing on the charges stemming from the July 18 or 19 shooting.



Randy Wells has been a reporter and staff writer at The Indiana Gazette since 1988. His regular assignments include coverage of the Indiana County commissioners, Indiana Borough council and the Marion Center Area School District. His email address is rwells@indianagazette.net.
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