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Illinois Woman Enlisted McDonald's Coworker to Murder Boyfriend So They Could Start Dating: Police

Illinois Woman and Co-Worker Arrested for Murdering Boyfriend: Police
Source: Bridgeview Police Department

Agnieszka Rydzewski (left) and Anthony Calderon (right) allegedly had someone willing to kill her boyfriend, but when it fell through, Calderon did it himself, police said.

May 22 2024, Published 12:03 p.m. ET

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An Illinois woman has been arrested after she allegedly arranged for her 20-year-old McDonald’s co-worker to kill her longtime boyfriend so she and the co-worker could be together, according to authorities.

Around 5 a.m. on May 15, Arturo Cantu, 39, was leaving his Bridgeview apartment and walking to his car when he was shot multiple times, according to the Bridgeview Police Department.

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Police said his body was found on the side of the building and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

On the evening of May 17, officers arrested Anthony Calderon and charged him with first-degree murder in connection with Cantu’s death, according to arrest reports obtained by WFLD.

The following day, police arrested 33-year-old Agnieszka Rydzewski and charged her with solicitation to commit murder.

Investigators believe Rydzewski allegedly plotted with Calderon to kill Cantu.

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According to prosecutors, investigators found texts between the pair detailing the plan, with one alleged message sent May 9 reading, “We will be together once all is clear."

Rydzewski and Calderon allegedly began texting each other in April about an alleged plot to kill Cantu, officials said.

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Rydzewski is accused of asking Calderon to find a third party to kill Cantu so they could be together, authorities said.

However, the third party refused to go through with the murder, so Calderon allegedly decided to just do it himself, according to prosecutors.

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Both suspects were denied bail in the case and each booked into the Cook County jail.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be the same," Diana Pacheco, Cantu's mother, told WMAQ-TV, "My son didn’t deserve it. He was a very loving man, a hardworking jokester. He put a smile on our faces.”

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