Shooting suspect arrested
A man who police say shot a woman during a drug-related robbery gone awry in Greenwood last weekend is facing drug and gun charges in Blair County Court.
Justin F. LeFevre, 42, of Altoona was arraigned Friday morning on a list of charges that include felony attempted homicide, robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a handgun without a license.
Logan Township police contend LeFevre shot a woman Sunday evening after he tried to rob her and another woman of methamphetamine on the 1700 block of Bellmeade Drive, according to the charges.
It all started when a 15-year-old boy was sent a text message by one of the women — not the one that was shot — to tell him she knew of someone with a large amount of methamphetamine and did he know of anyone who was buying, police noted in the charges.
The 15-year-old told police this week that he contacted LeFevre to tell him he knew of someone selling $1,000 in methamphetamine and the 15-year-old set up the deal. He also told police LeFevre was the shooter and said he and “Bekuh” took part. Police said the female’s last name wasn’t known, but the boy said she had a tattoo on her forehead. She was the female seen by witnesses carrying a rifle when the shooting started about 7:45 p.m. Sunday, the boy said.
Police said the two women who were the targets of the drug deal turned robbery said that when they met up with LeFevre, the 15-year-old and the female identified as “Bekuh,” LeFevre immediately pulled a handgun and pointed it at each of the women.
“Gimme it,” LeFevre demanded, the women told police. After “some back and forth” between
LeFevre and the woman who was ultimately shot,
LeFevre allegedly fired off three rounds, either into the ground or into the air, while repeatedly yelling, “Give me all your money! I will shoot you,” the women told police.
When LeFevre was distracted by one of the women running off, the woman who was eventually shot said she believed she cut his hand with her pocket knife before she started to run herself, according to the charges.
She told police LeFevre started shooting as she ran to the intersection of Bellmeade Drive and South Dartmouth Lane. She said she didn’t know she was shot until she got to the intersection, felt pain in her upper arm, reached back and felt something warm. When she withdrew her hand from her arm, she saw the blood.
The woman was rushed inside a South Dartmouth home by a homeowner, who then gave her a towel so she could wrap her arm, police noted.
Police said nine 9 mm shell casings were found where LeFevre had stood, shooting, and a slug was recovered from a pickup truck parked in a used car dealership’s overflow lot across the street from Sheetz on Bellmeade Drive, 383 feet away. Police said the bullet passed through the truck’s windshield and was found embedded in the front passenger seat.
Police said it appeared as if LeFevre was randomly firing his gun and not aiming at anything.
The 15-year-old boy, who was questioned in the presence of his guardian grandmother when he talked to police, said he took off when LeFevre started shooting into the air and ground.
LeFevre stands 6-foot-3, and police said bystanders calling in the shooting all referenced seeing a man with a gun who was tall.
The boy also referenced LeFevre’s arrest in May at the Greenwood Sheetz when he identified LeFevre as the shooter.
LeFevre was arrested by Logan Township police on May 20 after he was found passed out behind the wheel of a van at the store’s air pumps, according to those charges.
A subsequent search of the van turned up a Ruger SR40 handgun between the seats as well as an Uzi carbine and a Ruger AR-15 rifle. Along with the guns, police allegedly found sheets of LSD, suspected methamphetamine, cocaine and pills and a large sum of cash.
LeFevre is a convicted felon and is not allowed to possess guns. Charges in the May case included felony possession of a firearm with an altered or obliterated serial number and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. At the time, LeFevre had a Tyrone address.
Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller set bail in that case at $50,000 cash, and LeFevre waived his preliminary hearing on May 28, the same day Magisterial District Judge Matt Dunio denied a motion to modify his bail.
LeFevre’s bail was reduced from $50,000 cash bail to 1 percent of $50,000 by Blair County President Judge Elizabeth Doyle on July 7, according to online court records. LeFevre posted bail the same day.
On Friday morning, Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger set bail on the latest charges at $1 million. LeFevre remains in Blair County Prison and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 1.
Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.