Gang Rape 911 Caller Speaks Out

"I knew I had to help."

By Jessica Greene
|  Thursday, Oct 29, 2009  |  Updated 11:26 AM PDT
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Gang Rape 911 Caller Speaks Out

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Margarita Vargas said she knew she had to help when she heard about the brutal gang rape happening at Richmond High School.

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While others stood watching and laughing as a group of thugs beat up and raped a 15-year-old girl at Richmond High School on Saturday night, a man and his girlfriend took action and helped stopped the brutal crime.

Raul Rubio was with his friends in the neighborhood when some guys passed by, talking about what was happening to a 15-year-old girl over at the school. Police say some of the attackers joined in on the assault after word spread about what was going on but when Rubio heard about it, he did the right thing -- he ran for help.

"I feel like, that could have been my sister, cousin." Rubio said. "I'll probably have daughters later in life. I wouldn't want something like that to happen to anybody who I know."

Margarita Vargas, 18, was at home watching TV when Rubio, her boyfriend, ran inside and told her to call 911.

Vargas said she knew she had to help.

"I was scared." Vargas said. "I was like 'oh my God, how could anybody do this to her?' I put myself in her position and I would not like anybody to do that to me or do that to my sisters or my friends anybody."

Vargas said she did not hesitate to call 911 because it was the right thing to do.

"My conscience wouldn't be comfortable knowing that I'm going to let this happen to somebody." Vargas said. "I'm going to let her just die out there, you know. So I had to call for help."

Four teenage boys are are being charged as adults and have been charged with felony rape in the case. They face potential life sentences. Police believe as many as 10 people were involved in the unfathomable crime. Police say they will be making more arrests.

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