Incident Summary:

4/29/1983: In Puerto Rico, three suspected members of the Macheteros held the employees of Empresas Rojo, a Puerto Rican construction company, hostage in order to rob a Wells Fargo armored truck that was scheduled to arrive at the construction company. However, the perpetrators abandoned their mission when they received information that the police were nearby.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

Puerto Rico


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
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 Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages Unknown
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This incident took place around 8:10 AM. Authorities attributed this incident to the Macheteros because the robbery fit the group's modus operandi.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Macheteros (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
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
"FBI Analysis of Terrorist Incidents in the United States 1983," Terrorist Research and Analytical Center, Terrorism Section Criminal Investigative Division, FBI, 1983.