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More court action ordered for shooting suspect

by on August 05, 2014 11:00 AM

HOMER CITY — An Indiana-area man already awaiting trial on charges that he shot a man earlier this year in a road-rage related incident was held for court Monday on new charges rising from a road-rage confrontation reported early July 19 in Center Township.

Eagan Minich, 29, of Old Route 56, was held for trial on charges of carrying a firearm without a license and tampering with physical evidence following a preliminary hearing before District Judge Susanne Steffee in the Homer City district court.

Minich remains in Indiana County Jail, unable to post $5,000 bond, to await court action.

In a criminal complaint, state police charged that Minich had argued with Brian Schrecengost late July 18 at DJ Joe’s bar in McIntyre, Young Township, before Schrecengost left with his brother and two friends.

While traveling home, Schrecengost told police, Minich drove his pickup truck into their path, and Schrecengost’s vehicle hit Minich’s truck.

Schrecengost’s group followed the truck to Minich’s home along Old Route 56 and fled when gunshots were fired from the back window of Minich’s vehicle, according to charging documents.

No one was reported to be injured by the gunfire.

Investigators learned that Minich was traveling with four other people in his truck and rode in the back seat while one of the others, Michael Bungo, was a “designated driver” for the group.

Bungo told troopers that his group left the bar first and that Schrecengost’s vehicle sped up from behind, passed him and forced him to drive off the road, where it got stuck in a grassy area.

While he tried to get the truck back on the road, occupants climbed out of Schrecengost’s and tried to open the doors of Minich’s truck, Bungo told police.

In the criminal complaint, police reported that Bungo said he arrived at Minich’s home and Schrecengost’s vehicle then hit the truck. Bungo told police he heard gunshots and fled.

Meanwhile, police reported, one of the passengers in Minich’s vehicle was taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center for treatment of a minor injury she suffered when the vehicles collided.

Police also wrote in the charging document that Nicole Vizza, a patron at DJ Joe’s tavern, told investigators that Minich admitted to her that he fired shots at Schrecengost’s vehicle because they had rammed his truck.

The confrontation took place while Minich was free on $250,000 bond to await trial on charges filed by state police following a shooting last winter.

Minich is charged with attempted homicide, making terroristic threats and two counts of aggravated assault.

According to investigators and testimony at a preliminary hearing, Minich followed a vehicle driven by Indiana University of Pennsylvania student Hayden Warmke from Philadelphia Street to the Maple Town Houses complex along Maple Street, White Township, at 2 a.m. Jan. 30.

Warmke testified at a hearing that Minich exited his vehicle, punched him in the face, knocked him to the pavement, then fired a shot into his thigh.

Indiana County President Judge William Martin revoked Minich’s bond on July 22, court records show.

Minich is scheduled to appear at a criminal call hearing Oct. 31, when a date may be set for a trial on the attempted homicide charges.

Chauncey Ross is the Gazette’s fixture at Indiana Area and Homer-Center school board meetings, has been seen with pen and notepad in area police stations and courts, and is something of an Open Records Act and Sunshine Law advocate. He also manages the Gazette’s websites and answers your questions about them.
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