Police: Missouri fugitive stole a car from UConn Stamford campus before crashing in Westport

Officials say they located the suspect a short time after a car crash on Highland Road in Westport and that he gave police a fake name.

Jay Lederman

Apr 17, 2023, 5:15 PM

Updated 397 days ago


A Missouri fugitive was captured in Connecticut after police say he stole a car from UConn Stamford and crashed it in Westport.
George Vargas, 20, of New Haven was arrested Saturday after police say he crashed the stolen car and ran into the woods around 8:33 a.m.
State police, Westport, and Fairfield police searched the area near the crash and learned that Vargas was possibly armed with a gun.
Officials say they located Vargas a short time after the crash on Highland Road. Vargas gave police a fake name but was later identified.
Police say during a search for a possible concealed weapons, troopers discovered that Vargas was in possession of a black-colored taser-type device, which was secured and collected as evidence.
Police say in the interest of public safety, an extensive search of the surrounding area was conducted and no firearms or other weapons were located.
After Vargas was taken into custody, police say they learned he had outstanding arrest warrants for domestic violence incidents in the state of Missouri.
Additionally, police learned the vehicle Vargas was driving was stolen from the UConn Stamford campus just hours earlier.
Vargas was processed and charged with multiple offenses including, larceny of a car, operating a car without a license, having a weapon inside of a car, and criminal possession of an electronic defense weapon. He was additionally charged as being a fugitive from justice and was issued an extradition arrest without a warrant.
Vargas was held and subsequently transported to Bridgeport Correctional Center pending his arraignment.

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