Incident Summary:

7/15/1983: Nine to fifteen suspected members of the Macheteros robbed a Wells Fargo armored truck in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. $587,000 was stolen. The driver of the truck, Pablo Ramirez, was shot and killed during this incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

Puerto Rico

Rio Piedras

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
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $587,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
heavily armed
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information 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 9
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 1983," Terrorist Research and Analytical Center, Terrorism Section Criminal Investigative Division, FBI, 1983.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.