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Alleged threats result in arrest in Vandergrift

posted May 10, 2012, 1:27 PM by Joseph Gray
By Chuck Biedka
Valley News Dispatch

Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 10:10 p.m.
Updated: Wednesday, May 9, 2012

An East Vandergrift man is accused of threatening to kill police if they answered a call for help from his ex-girlfriend Monday night.

According to police, the woman called for help at about 8:40 p.m. and said Jorge M. Kurtz, 43, of the 200 block of McKinley Avenue, had threatened to kill her as he was packing to leave their residence.

Before police arrived, Westmoreland County 911 warned officers that Kurtz was likely armed with a handgun and a knife.

He allegedly told the woman that he was going to shoot a particular Vandergrift policeman, and that "she would see his face on a T-shirt."

According to police, a drunken Kurtz also threatened to shoot everyone around and then shoot himself.

The woman fled with the couple's 6-year-old son when police arrived.

Kurtz had left the house, too. He was found about a half-hour later in between some houses after police from five departments combed the neighborhood.

According to police, Kurtz had a loaded pistol.

He is charged with terroristic threats, simple assault and related charges.

He was formally charged on Tuesday morning by District Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopec. Kurtz was taken to the Westmoreland County jail on a $3,000 percentage bond.

Police said Kurtz had threatened to shoot Patrolman Richard "Joe" Gray.

"I've never met him," Gray said. "I did some research. I've arrested one of his friends once. Maybe that was it."