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Family: Fugitive contacted us, wanted to surrender

Created: 08/12/2014 10:34 PM
By: KOB Eyewitness News 4 Staff

Rafael Reza and Josephine Bailey have been charged with harboring and aiding Marcos Delgado -- on the run for 3 days after police say he killed Anna Vigil and wounded 3 other women.

KOB has learned Delgado was in touch with his family over the weekend as well.

According to his family, Delgado did reach out while he was on the run -- Delgado's cousin says he was planning to surrender.

"Have you been in contact, or anybody from your family in contact with (Marcos Delgado) during these three days he's been on the run?" asked KOB reporter Caleb James.

 "I've been advised not to say, but there was contact," said Delgado's cousin Joseph Mendez. "He's been in contact with members of our family."

Mendez says while Delgado was on the run, he reached out to family.

"Yesterday he contacted one of our family members and he wanted to negotiate a surrender," said Mendez.

 Mendez described Delgado's state of mind after he says he admitted to killing Anna Vigil -- the mother of his 4 year old child -- after learning she was with another man.

"He was very hurt," said Mendez. "He stated he was very hurt. It broke him as a man."

Mendez first suggested Delgado had spoken to multiple family members as cops looked for him. He later said it was just one -- another cousin who works for a law firm.

"You know, come to some sort of an agreement I'm sure," said Mendez. "Some safe place. Some safe, you know. Some safe place."

 APD tells KOB no one contacted them about a proposed surrender -- the department said Tuesday morning Delgado fired at a group of officers, and then killed himself with a single gunshot.

"I'm not sure how many times he came in contact with any family members, but we all wanted him as we discussed it, we all wanted him to turn himself in," said Mendez.

 But according to investigators, there was at least one discouraging message from someone Delgado text-messaged on Monday.

"Brother," Delgado wrote, "should I turn myself in."

The response from an unidentified individual: "That's a hard call, you know if APD catches you they will kill you."

"Do you think it's possible that someone from the family was helping him out during that time?" asked James, during an extensive interview with Mendez on Tuesday. 

 "You asked me that. You have asked me that. I assure you that nobody was," he said.

Mendez insisted several times throughout the interview that the family of Delgado does not believe he killed himself early Tuesday morning.

Investigators on scene say Delgado died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound beneath his chin.


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