David Lee McGinnis, a fugitive taken into custody this week in connection to a July 1 robbery and shooting incident in a hotel room in Blairsville, has been denied bail and remains in the Indiana County Jail.
According to Clymer Magisterial District Judge Christopher S. Welch, bail was denied for McGinnis on Thursday because he is “an extreme flight risk.”
Welch also pointed out that McGinnis, 26, of Bolivar, was released on $100,000 bail from the Westmoreland County Prison on drug possession charges in connection with an unrelated incident 11 days earlier.
McGinnis, 26, of Bolivar, also had been wanted by state police at Indiana.
He was taken into custody Wednesday around 12:53 p.m. in Indiana County, Trooper Cliff Greenfield reported, and awaits a July 23 preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. before Homer City Magisterial District Judge Susanne V. Steffee.
McGinnis, who has a lengthy criminal history, is charged with felony counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and illegal possession of a firearm.
McGinnis also faces a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person.
State police at Greensburg searched McGinnis’ Washington Street home June 19 and discovered 65 grams of heroin, 30 grams of cocaine and 120 grams of marijuana, according to court documents.
He was released from Westmoreland County Prison June 20, after a bondsman from Harrisburg posted bail. He faces a July 19 preliminary hearing at 10:15 a.m. before Ligonier Magisterial District Judge Denise Thiel in that case.
Two other people also are facing charges in the Blairsville incident.
State police at Indiana issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for Justin Edwin Libengood, 30, whose last known address was Somerset, in connection to the Blairsville incident.
Troopers believe Libengood attempted to rob McGinnis at gunpoint inside a room at the hotel. McGinnis is believed to have suffered a gunshot wound to the back of his neck during the altercation, state police said.
McGinnis’ mother, Denise, 48, also of Bolivar, was arraigned Wednesday in Westmoreland County.
She is facing two counts of intent to manufacture, deliver and possession of a controlled substance, and one count each of endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors.
Trooper James P. McKenzie reported that Denise McGinnis was repeatedly telephoning a juvenile Sunday and Monday to arrange the movement of “raw heroin and marijuana” belonging to her then-fugitive son. She has a preliminary hearing July 19.
In 2010, David Wayne McGinnis, David’s father, avoided law enforcement authorities for several months after he was accused of arson, insurance fraud and making terroristic threats.
A fugitive, he was eventually arrested in South Carolina and returned to the Westmoreland County Prison, where he died in his cell four days later, taking his own life.