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Indiana man held for trial on attempted homicide charges

by on March 27, 2014 11:30 AM

Eagan Minich, the White Township man accused of shooting and wounding an Indiana University of Pennsylvania student in an apartment house parking lot in January, was held for court action following a preliminary hearing this morning before Magisterial District Court Judge Guy Haberl in Indiana.

Minich, 29, who lives along Old Route 56, Indiana, is charged with attempted homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and making terroristic threats during and following a confrontation just after 2 a.m. Jan. 30 in a parking lot at The Maple Town Houses, 565 Maple St., in White Township.

State police charged that Minich followed Hayden Warmke, an IUP criminology student from Hollidaysburg, to the parking lot, and when the two men got out of their cars, Minich punched Warmke repeatedly in the face and then shot Warmke in his right thigh with a handgun.

Minich surrendered to police the following day.

Warmke testified at today’s hearing that before the confrontation, the car he was riding in had stopped at an intersection in downtown Indiana so a door ajar could be closed, and the stop caused a brief delay when the traffic light turned green. When the driver in the car following began honking its horn, Warmke said he got out briefly and “flipped them off” and “dropped an F-bomb or two.”

Judge Haberl denied defense requests to dismiss two of the charges and to reduce Minich’s bail from $250,000.

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
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