Man arrested, charged with murder after woman shot while working at Hillsboro bar

Published: Apr. 2, 2023 at 3:23 PM PDT
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HILLSBORO, Ore. (KPTV) - A 23-year-old Cornelius man was arrested Wednesday and charged with the murder of 42-year-old Isaura Soto Caona while she was at work in a Hillsboro bar and restaurant early Sunday morning, according to the Hillsboro Police Department.

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Sain Delgado Venegas faces charges of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder and felon in possession of a firearm. Delgado Venegas was booked into the Washington County Jail.

Police said at about 12:45 a.m. on Sunday, officers responded to a shooting at the Kim Red Rose Restaurant in the 800 block of Southwest Oak Street. They found the victim, identified as Soto Caona, dead inside.

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Police said the initial report was that someone shot the victim and then left in a car. Evidence at the scene showed there were at least four people who were asked to leave the bar. One of them shot and killed Soto Caona. More shots were fired outside.

Detectives also said they believe one vehicle in the parking lot was hit by gunfire, but the driver likely left before noticing. They are asking anyone parked at the bar to check their vehicles for damage.

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The restaurant was closed Sunday in respect of the victim, but the parking lot was packed with people bringing flowers.

Maria Varga-Ramos said she knew her for 30 years.

“In the morning we went to church and the pastor gave the news,” Varga-Ramos said through a translator. “And when he did, I got chills all over my body.”

Varga-Ramos said the victim was a good and kind person.

“I don’t understand why this tragedy happened to her.”

Detectives from Hillsboro police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office are leading the investigation. They are asking for tips from anyone who knows the four people who were asked to leave.

Contact: Detective Pat LaMonica at (503) 681-6175.

This is developing news. FOX 12 will update this story when more information is available.