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Police: Help sought to find man who assaulted Colonie officer in February; Skipped November sentencing

Jerson Vargas and his tattoos. Credit: Colonie Police (insets); Shutterstock (background)

Jerson Vargas and his tattoos. Credit: Colonie Police (insets); Shutterstock (background)

COLONIE – Colonie police Wednesday asked for the public’s help in finding a man who assaulted a police investigator in February after he skipped out on his sentencing last month.

Jerson D. Vargas, 43, most recently of Malta, was to be sentenced Nov. 2 to three years, six months in state prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in August. 

He was free pending sentencing, but failed to return then or on subsequent dates. A judge issued a warrant for his arrest Wednesday, police said.

Vargas is considered dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone who sees him should call 911, police said. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Colonie Police Department at 518-783-2744 or they can leave an anonymous tip with Capital Region Crime Stoppers.

Vargas is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds, with brown hair, blue eyes and tattoos on his neck and arms.

Vargas admitted to assaulting Colonie police traffic safety Investigator Brian Curran the afternoon of Feb. 11 on a CDTA bus near Colonie Center.

Curran suffered serious bruises to his head and was taken to Albany Medical Center by paramedics. He was diagnosed with a concussion.

CDTA had summoned police for an unruly passenger that was reported to have urinated on the bus and spit on the driver. 

Curran arrived first and tried to get the passenger to leave the bus. Curran then entered the bus himself and Vargas attacked without warning, police said.

An additional officer arrived and police ultimately used a department Taser on Vargas and took him into custody.

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