Víctor Manuel Gerena

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Víctor Manuel Gerena
Photo of Gerena from 1983
Photo of Gerena from 1983
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
Alias Víctor Ortiz, Víctor M. Gerena Ortiz.
Born (1958-06-24) June 24, 1958 (age 56)
New York, New York
Nationality American (Puerto Rican descent)
Occupation Security guard
Added May 14, 1984
Number 386
Currently A Top Ten Fugitive

Víctor Manuel Gerena (born June 24, 1958) is an American fugitive wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the armed robbery, in connection with the Los Macheteros group, of a Wells Fargo armored car facility. On May 14, 1984, he became the 386th fugitive to be placed on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He remains at large, and on April 11, 2010, became the fugitive to have spent the most time on the list,[1] surpassing Donald Eugene Webb. He is believed to be in Cuba.[2]

Bank heist[edit]

In Puerto Rico, Machetero leaders Filiberto Ojeda Rios and Juan Segarra Palmer had heard of Gerena. Gerena's mother's background as a pro-independence advocate and Gerena's dislike of life in the army made him, in Ojeda Rios and Segarra Palmer's eyes, a candidate to become a member of Los Macheteros. They flew to Hartford and convinced Gerena to help them with their cause by participating in the heist.[citation needed]

According to law enforcement authorities, on September 12, 1983, Gerena dropped off his girlfriend at City Hall, where she was to get a marriage license for the couple. He then went to work and spent the rest of the day with co-workers James McKeon and Timothy Girard. At some point, Gerena removed McKeon's gun, handcuffed and tied up his two co-workers, and injected them with an unknown non-lethal substance in order to further disable them which did not work.[3] He put $7,000,000 in the trunk of a car, then left with the money.[3] Gerena then presumably transferred to another vehicle and disappeared. Little information has come to light since.[citation needed]


According to published reports, Gerena was transported to Mexico,[2] where he boarded a Cubana de Aviación jet at Mexico City International Airport in Mexico City, arriving at José Martí International Airport in Havana. Years later, a cousin of Gerena accompanied journalist Edmund Mahoney to Cuba in an attempt to locate Gerena, but they did not succeed. Mahoney published a story in 2001 titled "Chasing Gerena".[4] The FBI is offering a reward for information leading to Gerena's capture of up to $1,000,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b "FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives". Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Machetero Gets 7 Years For 1983 Wells Fargo Robbery". Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Motives Still Debated, 10 Years After Heist". Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  4. ^ "Chasing Gerena". Retrieved 2011-05-03. 

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