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Cops: Man Jailed For Beating Mom With Light Saber

Pennsylvanian, 42, faces assault, harassment raps

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Light Saber Attack

MAY 8--A 42-year-old Pennsylvania man is facing an assault and harassment charges after allegedly beating his mother with a Star Wars light saber, according to court records.

Police responding to an April 27 disturbance call at a home in Dubois found Joan Vargas, 75, being treated by EMS workers. Vargas was bleeding from gashes on her head and wrist.

Vargas told police that her son Andrew had “hit her repeatedly with what she called a light saber.” Vargas said she was sitting on a dining room chair when her son “began striking her with this saber in the head, on her back/neck area and on her wrist.”

“Joan could not say why Andrew struck her with the saber,” police noted. The 6’ 4”, 330-pound Vargas owns many other light sabers, his mother told investigators.

When he was subsequently confronted by cops, Andrew Vargas denied striking his mother, and claimed that she was “hitting herself and that she has many issues.”

Andrew Vargas, who lives with his mother, was arrested on misdemeanor assault and harassment charges. He is being held in the Clearfield County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Vargas’s rap sheet includes prior convictions for theft, drunk driving, and criminal trespass. (2 pages)