Jersey City man charged with terroristic threats after police respond to domestic violence call


A Jersey City man was charged with making terroristic threats, among several other crimes, after police responded to a domestic violence call late Tuesday evening.

Hector Vargas. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Hector Vargas, 33, was charged with harassment for communicating in a manner to cause alarm, making terroristic threats, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute, possession of CDS near school property, and possession of CDS, officials said.

According to city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione, Jersey City police responded to the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive to “affect an arrest in connection with the reported domestic violence incident” on Tuesday around 11 p.m.

While she did not confirm that Vargas was the man arrested, multiple sources familiar with the investigation told HCV that he was the suspect detained and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Touting himself as a community activist who helped out with food pantries, street cleanups, and other volunteer causes, he has recently staved off criticisms on social media alleging he has accepted donations – both cash and goods – under false pretenses.

He has denied those allegations and has not been charged with any sort of theft and/or deception charges by the JCPD at this time.

At 10:17 p.m. on Tuesday, about 45 minutes before the police arrived, he wrote on his personal Facebook page “You hang around the barbershop long enough sooner or later you’re gonna get a haircut.”

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