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June 13, 2013

Johnstown man charged with ethnic intimidation

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown man was arraigned Thursday after police said he waved a loaded handgun and shouted racial slurs at a group of girls walking in the Moxham neighborhood.

City police said in a criminal complaint that four girls were walking along Park Avenue around 8 p.m. Wednesday when 58-year-old Jeffrey A. Minana began shouting at them and waving his middle finger.

Minana then pulled a black pistol and waved it in the air, and the magazine fell out.

The girls returned home and told their parents, who called police.

When officers arrived, Minana “put his hand on the pistol and immediately drew it from his holster,” police said in a criminal complaint.

Officers took Minana into custody after he returned the gun to the holster.

The gun was a .25-caliber Beretta with a round in the chamber, police said.

According to the complaint, Minana told police, “I’m dealing with drug dealers and I just had problems with kids in the neighborhood.”

Minana, of the 300 block of Hostetler Road, was charged with four counts each of ethnic intimidation, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and harassment, and three counts of resisting arrest.

He was arraigned by on-call District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland Township and freed after posting 10 percent of $15,000 bond.


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