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August 28, 2012

Suspect in ‘07 attack extradited, in jail

THOMASVILLE —

A man charged in 2007 with attacking and robbing a local real estate agent is back in Thomas County after serving time in a Louisiana prison.

Jaime Diaz, 49, was released from Louisiana State Prison Sunday and transported to the Thomas County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

Diaz is charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, theft by taking motor vehicle and firearm used by convicted felon in the commission of a crime.

Diaz was sentenced in Louisiana in 2008 to 5 1/2 years in prison on convictions for theft by fraud and possession of stolen vehicle, according to Steve Turner, special agent in charge of the Thomasville regional Georgia Bureau of Investigation office.

In mid-October 2007, a 58-year-old female Thomasville real estate agent was showing property off Pavo Road to a man, who tied her up with a phone cord and beat and robbed her before stealing her vehicle.

The suspect, Diaz, had been staying at a Thomasville motel for several days. Local individuals and a church paid his lodging and food bills when he told a tale about being down on his luck, a Thomas County Sheriff's Office investigator said in 2007.

Diaz surfaced in Slidell, La., where he was interviewed by the Thomas County investigator and a GBI agent.

Diaz confessed to the Thomas County offenses.

While in Mobile, Ala., Diaz failed at an attempt to kidnap a motel desk clerk, but took $1,000 from the motel cash register, investigators said.

Local lawmen retrieved the Thomasville victim's laptop computer and keys in Mobile. Mobile police discovered the items.

When he was arrested in Slidell, Diaz was driving a BMW that belonged to a Mississippi woman he was courting, a Slidell Police Department investigator said in 2007. He had asked the woman to marry him and was trying to get money from her to purchase a house for them when he was arrested.

Diaz, who was born in Cuba, had addressees in Florida and New Jersey. A Sunday Thomas County Jail arrest document shows the suspect’s address as Miami, Fla. He also once used a Thomas County address.

While in Thomasville in 2007, he was driving a Honda stolen in New Jersey and which he attempted to sell in Slidell, officers said.

The Slidell investigator said Diaz met the Mississippi woman at a ballroom, proposed matrimony a short time later and told her he needed money to purchase the house they would share after marrying.

 At the time of his arrest, investigators said, Diaz had a history of proposing marriage, then charging large amounts on the women's credit cards and depleting their bank accounts.

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