The recording includes the voice of a man who twice accuses Arevalo of being “a (expletive deleted) snitch.”
The recording also mentions Lantigua, but the context is inaudible.
The recording appears to coincide with the video recording of the attack by the security camera at the Crown Fried Chicken restaurant, which shows Arevalo holding up a cell phone as Figueroa approaches him.
The restaurant is next to the La Guira nightclub at 205 Broadway, where Figueroa was working that night. In a statement to police after his arrest, Figueroa denied attacking Arevalo but said Arevalo had provoked him by snapping pictures of a fight outside the club as Figueroa tried to break it up.
La Guira was on Lantigua’s nightclub circuit, until it was shut by the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission in August following a double homicide inside the club two years earlier.
In January 2011, four months before he was attacked by Figueroa, Arevalo unsuccessfully sought a restraining order against Lantigua, telling a District Court judge that an earlier confrontation with the mayor in a downtown nightclub left him fearful for his safety.
Arevalo then sought another restraining order against Patrick Blanchette, Lantigua’s economic development director. That also was denied.
“He targeted me,” Arevalo said about Figueroa after the attack. “He’s seen me plenty of times. But since he found out I took the mayor to court, he turned on me.”
In an interview after Arevalo sought the restraining order against him, Lantigua dismissed Arevalo as a “nut” working with his political opponents to discredit his administration.
Yesterday, Arevalo called the sentence imposed by Judge Barretto “pretty lenient.”
Prosecutor Beth McCarthy sought a one-year sentence, with six months to be served.