Incident Summary:

11/16/1982: Four members of the Macheteros robbed a supermarket in Carolina, Puerto Rico and then forced all of the customers and employees into the rear of the store. Ten minutes later, a Wells Fargo armored truck arrived at the supermarket. The Macheteros held one of the truck drivers at gunpoint and forced him to give up the keys to the cash vault stored in the truck. Simultaneously, a white van with two more Macheteros members arrived at the scene and the money was transferred into the vehicle. $12,000 was stolen from the supermarket and $300,000 was stolen from the armored truck. During this incident, some members of the Macheteros got into a confrontation with the owner of a gas station adjacent to the supermarket. When the owner of the gas station attempted to brandish his gun he was shot and killed.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

Puerto Rico


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
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
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Supermarket
Specific Description Supermarket in Carolina, Puerto Rico
Nationality of Target Puerto Rico
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 1
Hours of Kidnapping 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $312,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
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 began around 8:50 AM.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Macheteros Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
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.