Police: Teens Planned Deadly Waterbury Chinese Food Delivery Robbery

(CBS Connecticut) — Two delivery people from a Chinese restaurant were attacked when they were bringing food to the area of 70 Linden Street last night.  Four teenagers have been arrested.

The male delivery driver was assaulted, and a female delivery person was shot in the neck about 9:30.

Fifty-nine year-old Waterbury resident Helena Vargas was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital.

According to court papers filed by Waterbury Police, a group of teenagers planned to lure a delivery person from the Golden Wok, then rob him.

A 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl phoned in an order, then waited for the delivery people to show up.

When the victims arrived, the girls said they had to go to the side of the house to get money.

Nineteen year-old Anthony Wright and a 16-year-old boy allegedly rushed out from the side of the house, dressed in black and carrying guns.

Fifty-nine year-old Helena Vargas was shot to death in a delivery car.

The delivery driver was roughed up as the robbers tried to take the $150 he had in his pockets.

Waterbury Police say four people were arrested.  All of them face charges that include murder.

Police found the the suspects by tracking down the phone number and a phone app used to place the call ordering the food.

Two of the suspects confessed to taking part in the plan.

Wright was the only adult suspect.  The 19-year-old from Brooklyn, New York is also charged with robbery and carrying a pistol without a permit and criminal use of a firearm.

The other people charged had their names withheld because they are juveniles.  A 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl were arrested, along with a 16-year-old boy. The boy also faces gun charges.

Their cases will likely go to juvenile court, at least initially.

Wright’s bond was set at $2.6-million, including $100,000 bond for violating probation from a previous case.  He is due back in adult court September 7.


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