The following is a Miami Herald translation of the 911 call Pedro Alberto Vargas made at 1: 37 p.m. Friday, hours before his shot and killed six of his Hialeah neighbors. Also on the call are an unidentified female operator and Vargas’ mother, Esperanza Patterson. The call took place in Spanish.
Operator: … emergency?
Pedro Alberto Vargas: Ah, hello?
Operator: Yes, go ahead.
Vargas: Ah. I’m calling so you can, ah... I feel threatened and I am being a victim of, of...
Operator: OK, let me have your address.
Operator: Let me have your address.
Vargas: Could you run a ... a ... a license plate?
Operator: No, sir. Not over the phone, let me have the address. (Pause). Are you calling me from 1485 W. 46 Street?
Operator: Apt. 408?
Operator: Apt. 408.
Operator: OK. Tell me what is happening to you. Who is threatening you?
Vargas: Ah, people who are following me and that... that...
Operator: Do you live alone there?
Vargas: No (inaudible).
Operator: Ah? Who lives there with you?
Vargas: And sorcery and stuff they are doing to me.
Operator: OK. Who lives there with you?
Vargas: My mother.
Operator: Your mother. Is she there? Ah... Sir, is she there?
Operator: Put her on.
Vargas: I feel that there are people who are...
Operator: OK, darling, I understand. Let me have your mother a moment. (Pause). Put your mother on. (Pause).
Esperanza Patterson: Hello?
Operator: Hello, ma’am.
Patterson: Miss, I don’t know why, but he is very agitated and I really don’t see those things.
Operator: Does he have mental problems?
Patterson: Well, now. But, but…
Operator: OK. Do you want me to send the police or not?
Patterson: No, Miss, no.
Operator: Do you feel you’re in danger with him?
Patterson: Well, right this moment, I, I can’t go after him. I’m an 89-year-old person.
Operator: No, of course you can’t go after him. But do you feel in danger being there with him?
Patterson: My fear is that, what do you call it, that something is going to happen to him for being so upset.
Operator: Being so upset. So, do you believe that he is having a nervous problem, a nervous panic or something like that?
Patterson: Yes… He, ah... A short while ago, I don’t know why he had to go. He and other people from where he used to work a long time ago, I don’t know. That he had sent some things from the Internet, I don’t know what it was. Nothing important. But not that either. One day he went and then decided, I believe, nothing more has arrived. It’s that, it’s... I don’t know. It was one of those things big kids do over the phone.
Operator: Yes, I know. Then, do you want me to send the police?
Patterson: No, I would like... he’s going to get...maybe believing that I am his enemy, I don’t know.
Operator: Well, put him on the phone.
Patterson: Yes, wait a minute. Darling, help me.
Operator: Yes, my child, don’t worry, OK? Put him on.
Patterson: Albert! She says she wants to talk to you…she wants to talk to you. Here.
Operator: What is your name, Alberto?
Operator: What is your name?
Operator: Ah, Pedro, OK, Pedro. This is 911, the girl that was talking to you before, that you called. OK, so you feel someone is after you?