Real Name: Victor Manuel Gerena
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Armed Robbery
Missing Since: September 12, 1983
Details: Twenty-five year old Victor Gerena was a trusted employee at the West Hartford office of the Wells Fargo express company. On September 12, 1983, Gerena asked his supervisor if he could park his car near bay 5; he claimed it was his friend's car and he didn't want it damaged. His supervisor approved.
That day, Gerena and his partner made their scheduled rounds and by 9 pm, Garena, his partner and their supervisor were the only ones in the terminal. Gerena told them to get to the ground and held them at gunpoint. He taped their mouths shut, handcuffed them, then injected them with an unknown substance that had no effect. He began loading $7 million in cash from the van to his car. Once he was done, he opened the bay door and left without harming his co-workers, who later freed themselves. Eight hours later, his car was found abandoned with none of the money inside.
Authorities later discovered that Gerena was part of Puerto Rican terrorist group "Los Macheteros" that wanted independence for Puerto Rico. With the money from the robbery, the group bought a surface-to-air missle. On October 30, 1983, they launched it at FBI headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Fortunately, little damage was done and nobody was injured, and many of Gerena's co-conspirators were arrested. However, Gerena escaped and has not been seen since. He has brown hair and green eyes, weighs 165 pounds, is 5'6", and may be hiding in Cuba or the United States. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Gerena is the last fugitive of the Well's Fargo heist being looked for. Both brothers of Gerena were found and prosecuted, and Filiberto Ojeda Rios, one of the leaders of "Los Macheteros", was killed during an FBI gunfight.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on Special #1 on January 20, 1987 in a FBI fugitive roll call. It was covered in more detail in a full segment on the February 9, 1994 episode.
Results: Wanted. Gerena was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List from 1984 until 2016. FBI Agents believe he is hiding somewhere in Cuba. Rijos has since been killed in a FBI Shootout, but Gerena still remains at large.
- Victor Gerena on Unsolved.com
- Victor Gerena on Wikipedia
- New York Times Archive
- The Untold Tale Of Victor Gerena
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