Betty on the News: Girl Who Called 911 After Richmond Gang Rape Speaks Out
The woman who called 911 after a 15-year-old girl was brutally attacked in Richmond, CA speaks out to reporters this week.
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
When Margarita Vargas found out about the 15-year-old Richmond girl who was raped, robbed, and beaten outside of the high school homecoming dance by a group of attackers while as many as a dozen people looked on and laughed, she immediately called 911 without hesitating, despite a culture of silence in the area that’s led to the common saying, “Snitches get stitches.”
The 18-year-old told CNN: “I was watching a movie, and my brother-in-law came in and he told me ‘I don’t know what to do, because there is a girl back there and she has been raped. I’m scared,’” Vargas said.
“I’m like ‘We should call the cops because that’s the right thing to do.’ I didn’t think about it twice.”
Hours after the Oct. 24th assault, Vargas’ call led to police finding the girl and possibly saving her life. Six suspects, four of whom are teenagers, will face life in prison if convicted of the attack. (Huffington Post)