“He tried to exterminate on my brother!” a frantic caller, believed to be Mario Briceno, tells a police dispatcher in the moments that he and his brother Jose wrestled with Devon Fraser in a June road rage confrontation along Interstate 95 that left Fraser dead.
That is according to 911 calls that went to Riviera Beach police dispatchers.
The Palm Beach Post obtained audio of the calls through a public records inquiry from the Florida Highway Patrol, which still is investigating the June 20 encounter.
FHP and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office have not said publicly whether Jose Rene Briceno Escobar, 49, of West Palm Beach, or Mario Rene Briceno, 44, of Lake Worth, will face any charges in the death of Duvarn “Devon” Fraser, 26, of West Palm Beach, on the side of southbound I-95 just north of Blue Heron Boulevard.
Neither the Briceno brothers nor their relatives have commented to The Post.
Fraser’s mother, Jacqueline McNealy, of Palm Springs, has complained in recent weeks about the pace of the investigation. The day after her son died, she choked out through tears: “I’m grieving the loss of my son very deeply. I don’t know what happened. He was a good child. He was a helpful child. He did not deserve to be murdered like this.”
The altercation started shortly after 3 p.m. on June 20, after Fraser’s black 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and the Bricenos’ 2015 Chevrolet Express van sideswiped each other. It then escalated into a fist fight on the right shoulder of the expressway.
An FHP spokesman did say that night that Fraser showed a gun during the confrontation but did not elaborate.
FHP reports say an arriving trooper found Jose Briceno Escobar on top of Fraser, whose abdomen had been torn open by stab wounds. Fraser died later that night at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.
The reports indicate the trooper found Mario standing nearby, holding a knife facing to the ground. A gun was in his waistband. A black holster, covered in blood, lay a distance away along a tree line. The reports do not say to whom the gun or the holster belonged.
A man not clearly identified in the report but later confirmed by FHP to have been Mario Briceno said, “I did it,” to the trooper.
In the 911 audio released Thursday, the call from the man presumed to be Mario Briceno starts with: “Yeah! He got a gun in the hand! He put a gun to me! He put a gun to me!”
The dispatcher says, “OK, sir. Hold on,” then telling an associate, “Northbound I-95 at Blue Heron. I don’t know if it’s road rage-related. He’s saying that somebody had a gun and put it to him.”
The man presumed to be Mario Briceno then is heard shouting, “Jose! Jose! I got him.”
The dispatcher asks the man, breathless and distracted, if the motorist with the gun has driven off or is still there, not realizing that the Briceno brothers and Fraser all are out of their vehicles and scuffling, or that Fraser might already have been stabbed. Briceno indicates that both vehicles have stopped.
In the background, an unidentified man shouts: “Right now! Right now! Right now!”
There are several moments of dead air, with the dispatcher asking: “Are you there, sir? Can you hear me?”
The man presumed to be Mario Briceno comes back on and says: “Listen. The guy, the guy, the guy who had a gun, he tried to exterminate on my brother outside! The person you have up here, he still have the gun and everything in here.”
The dispatcher asks if the caller wants a Spanish interpreter. He says: “No, just send the police right now. Send the police right now.”
In another call — it’s not known if it was made before or after the other one — a man whose identity is unknown but who possibly is one of the Briceno brothers says: “OK. Hey. Sir. Sir. Sir. Hello. Hombre. I got a gun behind me.”
The dispatcher asks: “What’s going on? Hello? Sir? Hello?” as she hears unintelligible noises.
In the tapes, dispatchers are told by colleagues that someone has been shot in the incident, which later turned out to be incorrect, and they call paramedics. As they scramble to get ambulances to the site, an Orange County sheriff’s dispatcher in Orlando routes a call from another motorist — apparently redirected north by cellphone towers — who says, “There’s two white males beating up on one white male.” He adds that, “I saw one object in one gentleman’s hand,” but doesn’t elaborate.
In the original FHP report, Trooper Michael Olaciregui said he arrived at the spot to find Jose Briceno pinning down Fraser’s head with his hands, and Mario standing a short distance away, the gun in his waistband.
The trooper said he ordered the Briceno brothers to the ground and saw Fraser slashed in the head, torso and arms.
He said backup officers arrived, handcuffed the brothers and removed the gun from Mario Briceno’s waistband. Trooper L.E. Esceran said he checked the Glock and found it had not been fired. Troopers then helped the paramedics work on Fraser.
Just before the confrontation, Fraser was headed home from his clerk’s job at Costco on Northlake Boulevard in Lake Park, his mother has said. She said he had worked at the discount warehouse for about five years.
Portions of calls between a 911 dispatcher (D) and a caller (C) believed to be Mario Briceno:
Caller: I had a situation here, between Blue Heron and Northlake Boulevard.
Dispatcher: I understand that. But you don’t see the vehicle anymore, do you? (Dead air). Sir. Can you hear what I’m saying? Because you’re not answering any of my questions.
C: Hold on one second. Hold on. I cannot hear you.
D: OK. Can you hear me now?
D: Is the person with the gun still there?
C: I still there. I still there.
D: No not are you still there. I’m asking if the person with the gun is still there.
C: Listen. The guy, the guy, the guy who had a gun, he tried to exterminate on my brother outside. The person you have up here he still have the gun and everything in here.
D: I understand. But are you pulled over on to the shoulder?
C: Pardon me?
D: OK. Would it be easier if I got somebody who spoke Spanish on the phone?
C: No just send the police right now. Send the police right now.
SOURCE: Florida Highway Patrol
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Hear an excerpt from one 911 call to police on the road rage incident at video.PalmBeachPost.com