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West Mifflin man charged with threatening students with a gun

| Saturday, March 2, 2013, 1:01 a.m.

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 eslagle@tribweb.com.

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