March 1, 10:07 AM Mountain
The following is an excerpt of a phone conversation recorded at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office.
//Sound of phone being answered.//
Deputy Melvin Brooks – Deputy Brooks. How may I help you?
Voice #1 – Is this the Sheriff? (Analyst Note – Voice #1 is male, speaking fluent English with a slight accent suggestive of a native Spanish speaker)
Brooks – I’m one of her deputies, sir. What can I do for you?
Voice #1 – I want to talk to someone about my nephew.
Brooks – You can talk to me, sir. May I ask who’s calling?
Voice #1 – I don’t want to say.
Brooks – That’s all right, sir. What do you want to tell me?
Voice #1 – He just came over the border a few weeks ago. His mother sent him up here to keep him out of trouble, and he’s staying with my sister.
Brooks – Yes?
Voice #1 – He’s not a bad guy, just gets into trouble.
Brooks – We all have a few of those, sir. What’s your nephew’s name?
Voice #1 – Jorge, Jorge Diaz.
Brooks – What is it about Jorge that you want to tell me?
Voice #1 – I heard him on the computer last night. He was talking to someone about December.
Brooks – What about December?
Voice #1 – He was talking about Tucson, the attacks.
Brooks – I see.
Voice #1 – Jorge just got out of prison back home, and he’s been acting weird since he got here.
Brooks – Weird?
Voice #1 – He won’t eat my sister’s cooking, talks with people on the phone and the computer all the time, and gets angry at the TV when we watch the news.
Brooks – All right. Who was he talking to last night?
Voice #1 – I don’t know. They were speaking Spanish, but the other guy wasn’t from Mexico.
Brooks – How so?
Voice #1 – He talked weird, and kept saying some gibberish. Jorge would say it back to him, though.
Brooks – What did you hear them say about Tucson?
Voice #1 – They were saying that it was a good start, but that the next one would be bigger.
Brooks – Next one?
Voice #1 – That’s why I called you guys. I don’t know what’s going on, but Jorge’s into something bad, and I’ve seen the billboards. Is there a reward for this kind of thing?
Brooks – Maybe. Depends on what we find out when we talk to Jorge. Where is he right now?
Voice #1 – He’s at my sister’s house. Been there all weekend. Never goes out. Just sits there all day watching movies and playing on the computer.
Brooks – What’s her address? We can have someone stop by to talk to him.
Voice #1 – Hold on.
//Pause of several seconds. Sound of muffled voices speaking//
Voice #1 – She’s at 12751 Avenida Escuela in Scottsdale. Apartment 3c.
Brooks – What’s your sister’s name?
Voice #1 – Anna Maria. She’s not there now.
Brooks – Diaz?
Voice #1 – Uh, yeah, Anna Maria Diaz.
Brooks – Sir, I’m going to take a few people over to talk to your nephew and see what we can find out.
Voice #1 – He won’t find out it was me who called, right? We don’t want any trouble.
Brooks – Sir, we won’t tell him how we know about him. Do you know if he has any weapons? Maybe your sister keeps a gun for protection?
Voice #1 – She does, but she has it with her right now. I don’t know if he has a gun or anything.
Brooks – What was he in prison for in Mexico?
Voice #1 – Drugs, what else? Listen, he’s there alone right now. You take care of this. I have to go.
//Sound of call terminating//