Justin Libengood

Justin Libengood

BURRELL TOWNSHIP — On the heels of being named the most wanted man in Indiana County for his role in an outburst of gunfire and an attempted robbery at a Blairsville-area hotel, Justin Libengood, 30, has been jailed to face felony charges in the July 1 violence.

Jeannette City police arrested Libengood on Sunday in Westmoreland County and turned him over to Indiana County authorities, state police announced Monday afternoon. Libengood, with addresses in Latrobe and Somerset, had already been taken before District Judge Susanne Steffee in Homer City for preliminary arraignment.

Steffee set bond at $250,000 and sent him to Indiana County Jail to await a preliminary hearing set for July 23.

Libengood was charged Wednesday soon after police captured David McGinnis, who had fled from the Days Inn along Route 22 and eluded a dragnet for nine days.

According to police, McGinnis fired a gunshot into a wall of a room during a disturbance and ran from the hotel with at least one other person.

Troopers arrested a woman who stayed behind in the hotel room, Matraca Lynn Vrana, of Northern Cambria, and charged her with possession with intent to deliver heroin, marijuana and crack cocaine, possession of a

controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia associated with marijuana use. Vrana has been held since July 1 in the county jail with bond set at $75,000 and faces a hearing July 23 in Homer City Court.

McGinnis was denied bail following his arrest as District Judge Christopher Welch noted his likelihood to dodge authorities. On June 20, he posted $100,000 bond for his release from jail in Westmoreland County, where he faced nine narcotics related charges including three felony counts of delivery of drugs.

On the day of his capture, state troopers at Greensburg charged McGinnis with possession with intent to deliver drugs July 28, 2017, in Fairfield Township. He has yet to be arraigned on the new charge.

And while McGinnis was on the lam, investigators accused his mother of trying to arrange with a juvenile the sale of drugs from McGinnis’ stash on July 8 in Fairfield Township.

Investigators charged Denise McGinnis, 48, with solicitation to deliver drugs, conspiracy to deliver drugs, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of a child by a parent. Denise McGinnis posted $100,000 bond and agreed to return for a preliminary hearing Friday (July 19) in Ligonier District Court.

In Indiana County, state police charged David McGinnis with firing a gun into an occupied structure, prohibited possession of a firearm, possession with intent to deliver drugs and recklessly endangering another person. He also faces a July 23 hearing in Steffee’s court.

After picking up McGinnis, who police said had an apparent bullet wound to the back of his neck, troopers charged Libengood with attempted robbery, aggravated assault, prohibited possession of a gun and firing a gun into an occupied structure.

Staff writer/Web Editor, The Indiana (Pa.) Gazette

Staff Writer/Web Editor

Chauncey Ross represents the Gazette at the Indiana Area and Homer-Center school boards and White Township, Center Township, Homer City and Burrell Township, and is something of an Open Records, Right to Know and Sunshine Law advocate in the newsroom.