September 17, 2019

FBI arrest bank robber 27 years after $7 million heist

Norberto Gonzalez Claudio - currently hiding out with the FBI. A trip to the United States seems to be in his stars for the near future.

Puerto Rican nationalist leader, Norberto Gonzalez Claudio has been arrested by FBI agents in Puerto Rico for one of the biggest bank robberies in US history in Connecticut in 1983.

Gonzalez is alleged to have taken part in the raid on an armoured car depot in West Hartford, Connecticut that yielded $7 million.

Mr Gonzalez, now 65, was a member of a militant group, Los Macheteros (Machete Wielders), which is suspected of carrying out several bombings, robberies and murders in its fight for Puerto Rico’s independence from the United States.

Puerto Rico is a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.

The FBI said that Gonzalez offered no resistance when he was arrested in the city of Cayey.

It will not be long before Mr Gonzalez is extradited back to the United States to stand trial. It is alledged that the group used the money to bankroll their independence campaign.

Prosecutors say Los Macheteros used the stolen money to finance their campaign. The group was active in the 1970’s and 80’s but haven’t much for decades.

Mr Gonzalez’s brother Avelino was sentenced last year to seven years in prison for his role in the robbery.