Incident Summary:

9/1/1982: Several members of the Macheteros failed in their attempts to rob a Wells Fargo armored truck en route to Naranjito, Puerto Rico from San Juan.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

Puerto Rico


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Wells Fargo Bank
Specific Description Wells Fargo armored truck in Puerto Rico
Nationality of Target Puerto Rico
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
.45 caliber pistols and automatic long-barrel weapons with silencers
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This incident took place around 8:40 AM. There was over $800,000 inside the armored vehicle. One of the guns used in this incident was the same weapon used in two other attacks by Puerto Rican nationalists (198205160015 and 198204300009).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Macheteros Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Ronald Fernandez, "Los Macheteros: The Wells Fargo Robbery and the Violent Struggle for Puerto Rican Independence," Prentice Hall Press, 1987.
"FBI Analysis of Terrorist Incidents in the United States 1982," Terrorist Research and Analytical Center, Terrorism Section Criminal Investigative Division, FBI, 1982.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.