Incident Summary:

5/25/1982: Three members of the Grupo Estrella kidnapped Jorge Miranda Martinez, a recruiter for the Puerto Rican National Guard, in San German, Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican nationalist group was apparently trying to obtain weapons. While held at gunpoint, the perpetrators beat Martinez and claimed that they would remove all Americans from Puerto Rico. He was eventually released thirty minutes later. It is unknown if any weapons were stolen.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

Puerto Rico

San German

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Puerto Rican National Guard
Specific Description Puerto Rican National Guard recruiter
Nationality of Target Puerto Rico
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 1
Hours of Kidnapping 0
Days of Kidnapping 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This incident took place between 3:30 PM and 4:00 PM. Jorge Miranda Martinez was ordered by the perpetrators to drive his vehicle off the main highway and towards a deserted dirt road.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Grupo Estrella No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"FBI Analysis of Terrorist Incidents in the United States 1982," Terrorist Research and Analytical Center, Terrorism Section Criminal Investigative Division, FBI, 1982.