Bolivar man wanted for Indiana hotel shooting in custody; mom also arrested |
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Paul Peirce

While a Bolivar man was surrendering Wednesday in Indiana County in connection with a July 1 shooting at a hotel, state troopers 22 miles away in his hometown were arresting his mother for allegedly assisting in his purported drug-selling operation.

State police in Indiana announced David Lee McGinnis, 26, of Bolivar was taken into custody without incident in Indiana just before 1 p.m. in connection with a shooting at the Days Inn on Route 22 in Burrell Township this month.

Meanwhile, court dockets indicate his mother, Denise P. McGinnis, also of Bolivar, was being arraigned in Westmoreland County on charges including conspiracy with the intent to manufacture, deliver and possession of a controlled substance, solicitation to manufacture and deliver a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of children and child endangerment.

Denise McGinnis was ordered by District Judge Denise Thiel of Ligonier to be held in the Westmoreland County Prison after she failed to post $100,000 bail.

Trooper James McKenzie of Greensburg alleges that Denise McGinnis was repeatedly telephoning a juvenile between Sunday and Monday, arranging the movement of “raw heroin and marijuana” that belonged to her fugitive son, David.

McKenzie alleges in court documents that Denise McGinnis was moving the drugs, including more than an ounce of heroin, at the direction of her son, David, because state police were in the Bolivar area and he feared it would be seized.

McKenzie said the drugs were surrendered to state troopers this week by a relative of Denise McGinnis.

2nd suspect wanted in shooting

Meanwhile, troopers in Indiana announced they are seeking a second suspect from Somerset County in connection with the hotel shooting.

Troopers said they have a warrant for Justin Edwin Libengood, 30, whose last known address is Somerset, for allegedly attempting to rob David McGinnis at the motel. Greenfield said McGinnis was shot in the neck during the alleged robbery attempt.

“Security camera footage shows two individuals believed to be Libengood and McGinnis fleeing the motel building following the alleged altercation,” Greenfield said.

Troopers used a state police helicopter in an unsuccessful attempt locate the men after the shooting.

Greenfield said Libengood is wanted on charges of robbery, aggravated assault, illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and illegal discharge of a weapon into an occupied structure.

Libengood is described as 6 feet tall, 180 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Libengood is asked to contact Troop A, Indiana, at 724-357-1960.

Troopers said a woman, Matraca Lynn Vrana, 26, of Northern Cambria, also was in the room where the shooting occurred. She was arrested on charges of possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was being held in the Indiana County Jail on $75,000 bond.

David McGinnis was awaiting arraignment late Wednesday afternoon in Indiana.

Denise McGinnis is the widow of David’s father, David W. McGinnis, who had an extensive criminal record that spanned more than 30 years but came to an end in 2010. For 10 weeks, the elder McGinnis avoided capture on criminal charges including arson and insurance fraud.

The elder McGinnis’ flight as a fugitive ended in May 2010 in Columbia, S.C., where federal marshals arrested him. Four days after he was extradited to the Westmoreland County Prison in June 2010, he died in his cell at age 44 after slashing his throat with a disposable razor.

Prior to the recent shooting at the Indiana hotel, the younger McGinnis was in the Westmoreland County Prison on $100,000 bond for drug possession charges. According to court documents, troopers searched McGinnis’ Washington Street home in Bolivar on June 19 and discovered 65 grams of heroin, 30 grams of cocaine and 120 grams of marijuana.

Information that led to the search came from an informant, troopers reported in court documents.

Online court records state that McGinnis was released June 20 after a bondsman from Harrisburg posted bail.

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