Good Samaritans help home invasion robbery victim
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A elderly man who was the victim of a home robbery received some much-needed help from several strangers.
Eighty-year-old Damasa Vargas was beaten by two women Wednesday afternoon in his home in Little Havana before they robbed him of hundreds of dollars.
Miriam Rodriguez heard of Vargas' story on 7News and decided to do what she could to help in any way. "Here's a small cash donation," Rodriguez said, speaking to Vargas in Spanish.
Vargas was left bloodied and bruised after the home invasion. "They lacerated his arm," Miami Police Officer Kenia Reyes said. "They took off with, what appears, a lot of money."
According to City of Miami Police, shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, Vargas heard knocking on his door. When he went to answer, two women busted through and robbed him. They fled his apartment at 901 SW 5 St. and drove off in a minivan. "I'm an old man, I'm not afraid to die, I just didn't know how I would pay my bills," Vargas said.
When she heard of Vargas' story, Rodriguez was reminded of her own father. "If this were to happen to my dad, you know," Rodriguez said as she shrugs. "So I had to do what I had to do."
When Rodriguez arrived to greet Vargas, a neighbor was already making Vargas dinner. Vargas said another stranger came to his apartment with a cash donation and left him completely speechless. "It was an emotional thing," Rodriguez said. "Cinderella story with a happy ending."
It is believed one of the women behind the crime goes by the name of "Mimi." If you have any idea as to the identity of these women and where they may be, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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