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Cook County Prosecutors – NBC Chicago

The girlfriend of a suburban Bridgeview man was arrested after allegedly plotting with a co-worker with whom she was in a relationship to kill her boyfriend, authorities said.

Agnieszka Rydzewski, 33, was charged with solicitation to commit murder in connection with the death of her boyfriend Arturo Cantu, according to a Village of Bridgeview spokesperson.

Cantu, 39, was shot twice around 5 a.m. Wednesday as he left his apartment in the 7300 block of West 79th Street.

Cantu’s parents were in a Cook County courtroom Saturday as the man who allegedly shot and killed their son appeared at a bond hearing.

Anthony Calderon, 20, of Bedford Park, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting. In court documents released Saturday, prosecutors revealed the timeline of the killing and Calderon’s apparent motive, alleging he had a relationship with Cantu’s girlfriend.

Prosecutors said Cantu was placing items in his car before leaving for work when he was confronted by the suspected shooter, who was wearing a blue surgical mask. Cantu tried to defend himself with a pocket knife but was shot multiple times, authorities said.

The suspect, later identified as Calderon, was captured on surveillance video arriving and leaving the scene in his red car, authorities said.

Investigators located that vehicle the next day at a nearby McDonald’s, where prosecutors said he was working with the victim’s girlfriend.

The evidence led investigators to Calderon’s home, where he was arrested Friday, according to prosecutors.

Police said he confessed to the murder and led officers to the murder weapon.

Cantu’s family previously told NBC Chicago that he was a hard-working man, father of two, who would do anything to help others. His parents left the courthouse stunned by what they heard. Before the hearing, they simply said they wanted justice for their son.

Calderon was denied bail and is expected back in court next Tuesday. An initial hearing for Rydzewski is scheduled for Sunday morning.

NBC Chicago

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