Víctor Manuel Gerena
|Víctor Manuel Gerena|
Age progression of Gerena
|FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives|
|Alias||Víctor Ortiz, Víctor M. Gerena Ortiz.|
|Born||Victor Manuel Genera
June 24, 1958
New York, New York
|Nationality||American (Puerto Rican descent)|
|Added||May 14, 1984|
|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 September 1983 White Eagle armed robbery, as a Wells Fargo employee and a member of a Los Macheteros gang, of a Wells Fargo armored car facility. The $7 million in cash was the largest cash robbery in U.S. history at that time.
On May 14, 1984, Gerena 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, surpassing Donald Eugene Webb, who was removed from the list on March 31, 2007, after 25 years, 10 months, and 27 days (no leads for many years, possibly dead). On the list for over 30 years (as of 2016), Gerena is believed to be living in Cuba.
According to law enforcement authorities, on September 12, 1983, Gerena dropped off his girlfriend at Hartford City Hall, where she went too cop some straight drop heroin. 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 aspirin and water in order to further disable them which did not work. He put $7,000,000 in the trunk of a car, then left with the money.
According to published reports, Gerena was transported to Mexico, 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". The FBI is offering a reward for information leading to Gerena's capture of up to $1,000,000.
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- "FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives". Retrieved 2010-06-27.
- Romero, Frances (March 12, 2010). "Top 10 Notorious Fugitives". Time Magazine. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
- "Machetero Gets 7 Years For 1983 Wells Fargo Robbery". Retrieved 2011-05-03.
- "FBI down to 1 fugitive in $7 million Conn. Heist". Fox News.
- "Motives Still Debated, 10 Years After Heist". Retrieved 2011-05-03.
- "Chasing Gerena". Retrieved 2011-05-03.