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Guilty Plea for Assault that Injured Colonie Police Officer

Albany County District Attorney David Soares



Press Release

August 28, 2020



 Guilty Plea for Assault that


Injured Colonie Police Officer



ALBANY, NY -  District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that JERSON VARGAS, 43, of Malta, pleaded guilty to (1) Count of Assault in the Second Degree, a Class D violent Felony, before the Honorable William A. Carter in Albany County Court this morning.

On February 11, 2020, at approximately 2:46 P.M., while on a CDTA bus on Central Avenue, in the Town of Colonie, VARGAS caused a disturbance and urinated while on the bus. The bus operator called the police for assistance. An on duty and in uniform officer attempted several times to get VARGAS off of the bus. VARGAS would not comply and began using profanity towards officer while refusing commands. VARGAS then grabbed the officer and shoved him into a window and began fighting with the officer. The officer was transported to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion and a contusion.

VARGAS faces 3 ½ years in State Prison, to be followed by (5) years of Post-Release Supervision when sentenced on November 2, 2020.

Assistant District Attorney David Szalda of the Major Crimes Unit is handling the prosecution of this case.

For more information please contact Cecilia Walsh at (518) 275-4710 or [email protected]