West Mifflin man charged with threatening students with a gun
Police have filed charges against a West Mifflin man accused of threatening students with a gun as they waited for their school bus.
Bryce Vargo, 32, is charged with violation of the Uniform Firearms Act, caring a firearm without a license and impersonating a public servant in connection with the incident, which police say occurred shortly after 7 a.m. on Thursday in the area of Elmwood and Adams avenues.
Students reported that a man in a silver Chevy Trailblazer threatened them as they were walking to the bus stop in the borough's Mortain Plan. The students told police the driver swore at them, told them to get off the road and identified himself as a “cop.”
Vargo is accused of placing his handgun on his lap in front of them.
Vargo reportedly left when the students' bus approached.
Students reported the incident when they arrived at West Mifflin Area Middle School.
West Mifflin police said Vargo is on probation and that probation officers helped investigate the incident, which resulted in Vargo's arrest at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Thursday.
In November, Vargo pleaded guilty to a count of reckless endangerment of another person stemming from a February 2012 incident in Pittsburgh. He was sentenced to 15 months of probation by Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kathleen A. Durkin.
Vargo is being held in Allegheny County Jail on $100,000 bail.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- McKeesport incident among derailments that prompt Casey to push ‘crude-by-rail’ rule
- Crowd demands answers from Steel Valley directors over playoff eligibility controversy
- Allegheny County Airport set for $4M sidewalk, parking lot upgrade
- Elizabeth Forward action to raise some school lunch prices
- Duquesne police arrest suspect in robbery, get warrants in assault
- Work to merge Twin Rivers, Steel Valley councils of governments drags on
- Clairton City School District seeks savings in food service management
- West Mifflin Area school directors lose committee posts over letter
- Public comment policy varies in Mon Valley school districts
- Duquesne City School District administrators cite student progress
- McKeesport police use stun gun in arrest of Penn Hills man on slew of charges