FBI’s MOST WANTED: ARMORED CAR TERRORIST

Published on: February 29, 2012
 FBI’s MOST WANTED: ARMORED CAR TERRORIST

The ENQUIRER’s ongoing series targets the worst of America’s criminals – the lawbreakers currently on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted fugitives list.

Victor Manuel Gerena and his terrorist pals hit up an armored car com­pany for $7 million in 1983, and he’s the only one of the thieving band still on the lam!

In fact, Gerena has the dubious distinction of being on the FBI’s Most Wanted list longer than any­one else – 27 years and counting.

And if you help lead to his cap­ture, you could rake in a whopping $1 million reward!

The 53-year-old fugitive and three cronies from the Puer­to Rican terrorist group Los Macheteros brutally assaulted and bound two employees of a Wells Fargo armored car office on Sept. 12, 1983, and made off with the loot.

While the others were all caught over the years, Gerena vanished without a trace. And now, the FBI is seeking the help of ENQUIRER readers in finding him.

“The success of the FBI’s fugi­tive publicity campaigns are a direct result of public interaction through all types of media outlets, including readers of The National ENQUIRER,” says FBI special agent Jason Pack.

Gerena got a job as a security guard at the Wells Fargo armored car facility in Hartford, Conn. When a shipment of Federal Re­serve money arrived at the office’s vaults, he ambushed his co-workers and escaped with the cash.

Authorities believe Gerena fled to Mexico before flying to Cuba. Only $80,000 of the money has been recovered, with the rest be­lieved to have been hidden in Puerto Rico and Cuba.

Gerena’s group, Los Machet­eros, orchestrated the operation, which they dubbed White Eagle, say officials. Also known as the Boricua Army, the group seeks Puerto Rican independence from the U.S. and has resorted to terror­ist means, murdering members of our armed forces, causing up to $45 million in damage to military aircraft and blowing up a power station.

Gerena stands about 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7, weighs between 160 and 169 pounds and has brown

 hair, green eyes and a one-inch scar and mole on his right shoulder blade.

His pals in the terrorist cell were caught – Juan Segarra Palmer was sentenced to 65 years and was pardoned by President Clinton in 1999; Avelino Gonzalez-Claudio drew a seven-year sentence in 2010 and Filiberto Ojeda Rios, sentenced in absentia to 55 years, was killed in a shootout with the FBI in 2005.

The FBI considers Gerena to be armed and dangerous. If spotted, do not try to capture him. Notify the FBI.

If you have seen the man described in this story, contact your local FBI office or the FBI New Haven office at 203-777-6311. Tipsters also can post information anonymously at the FBI’s website, www.fbi.gov.