Second suspect in Newport News home invasion turns himself in

Posted at 4:16 PM, Dec 28, 2015
and last updated 2016-01-06 14:15:38-05

Newport News, Va. - The second suspect in connection with a home invasion on Richland Drive has been taken into police custody after he turned himself into authorities.

On December 24 around 4 a.m., officers were called to a report of a home invasion.

Christopher Ricardo Vargas

Christopher Ricardo Vargas

One of the victims, a 20-year-old Newport News man, said two men with guns broke into his house and were still in the house with his mother and grandma.

One of the victims, a 53-year-old woman, told NewsChannel 3 reporter Brendan Ponton one of the suspects put a gun to her head and ordered her to take off her clothes.  The mother said she begged for her life.

As this was happening, the woman's son was able to escape to a neighbor's house and call 911.

The woman said the two men had some sort of dispute with her son, but says she didn't deserve what happened to her inside of the home.

The 53-year-old victim's mother was in a different room, but the men never went into that room.

Officers saw a man in the garage of the home. When police entered the house, they found the suspects left through a bedroom window.

Officers later arrested 31-year-old Christopher Ricardo Vargas. According to police, Vargas is homeless.

Jonathan Sojka

Jonathan Sojka

Vargas faces several charges, including aggravated sexual battery, robbery, burglary, firearm in commission of a felony, and three counts of conspiracy to commit felony.

Before he was taken into custody, police had warrants on 26-year-old Jonathan Michael Sojka for robbery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and burglary.

Police recovered a shotgun and ammunition from the scene.