A robbery turned into the murder of a Chinese restaurant delivery woman in Waterbury on Tuesday night.
Police said 59-year-old Helena Vargas,of Waterbury, died after she was shot once in the neck in the area of 70 Linden St. around 9:30 p.m.
Police said Vargas and a delivery man, identified as 61-year-old Rolando Alvarez, were attacked by a group of four people including two men and two women. The man "was physically assaulted" while Vargas was shot.
That was when Alvarez called 911 for help.
Alvarez told police "The guy ran up on me quick and he pushed my face away...The guy told me give him the money and the phone. The second guy ran over to Helena who was sitting in the car. I could not see what was going on but I heard her say "Papi" and then heard two gun shots."
After first aid was given to Vargas, police said she was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital where she died a short time later.
"I certainly don't think there was anything the restaurant or the poor people trying to make a living could have done, outside of the ordinary to protect themselves," said Waterbury Deputy Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo.
Vargas was a mom and a grandmother, and she was also the sister of the woman who owned the restaurant and had worked there for 20 years. Employees of the Golden Wok said they use the buddy system at night for safety when making deliveries.
"There's too many crazy things that go on here these days," said Terry Meyers, of Waterbury.
After police worked all night and day on their investigation, investigators identified the suspects as 19-year-old Anthony Wright, two teenage women and a 16-year-old man.
On Wednesday, Eyewitness News spoke with Wright's family members.
"We send our condolences deeply to the Vargas family. We are so sorry," said a family member who was not identified.
The four people were arrested in the area of Oak Street on Wednesday.
All four were charged with felony murder, first-degree robbery and and first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery. Wright and the 16-year-old man were also charged with second-degree larceny in the second degree, second-degree conspiracy at larceny, carrying a pistol without a permit and criminal use of a firearm.
Wright was arraigned in court on Wednesday. He is a known member of the gang called "The Crips," and he was previously convicted of first-degree robbery. He's being held on a $2.5 million bond and is expected to appear in court on Sept. 7.
"This was an extremely vicious and unnecessary robbery. An innocent woman was killed," said State's Attorney Maureen Platt.
The teenagers' names were not released by police, due to their age.
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