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 arrived at work and asked his supervisor if he could park his car near bay 5. He claimed it was his friend's car and he did not want it damaged. His supervisor was reluctant, but approved his request. The car was a full-size 1976 Buick LeSabre, capable of carrying large loads in its trunk.
That day, Gerena and his partner made their scheduled rounds, collecting more than $3 million in currency from local banks and businesses. By 9 pm, Garena, his partner, and their supervisor were the only ones in the terminal. Out of nowhere, 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; fortunately, the substance had no effect of them. He began loading $7 million in cash from the van and the terminal to his car. Once he was done, he signaled an unknown accomplice outside and opened the bay door. He and the accomplice then left without harming his co-workers. The co-workers later freed themselves and contacted the police. Eighteen hours later, his car was found abandoned eight miles away; none of the money was inside.
Authorities later discovered that Gerena was part of Puerto Rican terrorist group "Los Macheteros" that wanted independence for Puerto Rico from the United States. With the money from the robbery, the group bought a surface-to-air missile. 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. Filiberto Ojeda Rios, one of the leaders of "Los Macheteros", is also still at large.
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. Gerena was also profiled on America’s Most Wanted.
Results: Wanted. Several other members of the group "Los Macheteros" have since been arrested in connection with the robbery, including two of Gerena's brothers. Gerena is the last fugitive of the Well's Fargo heist being looked for. Gerena was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List from 1984 until 2016. A $1 million reward is still being offered in the case. FBI Agents believe he is hiding somewhere in Cuba. Rijos has since been killed in a FBI Shootout. Gerena still remains at large.
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