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Fugitive in Armored Truck Robbery Arrested in Puerto Rico


Norberto Gonzalez Claudio, 65, is being escorted by FBI agents after his court appearance in San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 10, 2011

Norberto Gonzalez Claudio, 65, is being escorted by FBI agents after his court appearance in San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 10, 2011

Authorities in Puerto Rico say they have arrested a fugitive wanted in connection with a September 1983 armored truck robbery in the northeastern U.S. state of Connecticut.

An FBI statement says agents arrested Norberto Gonzalez-Claudio Tuesday in the town of Cayey. Authorities allege the 65-year-old Gonzalez-Claudio played a role in the armed robbery of $7 million from the Wells Fargo Depot in the Hartford area on September 12, 1983.

A federal arrest warrant issued in Hartford in August 1985 charged Gonzalez-Claudio with obstruction of commerce by robbery and conspiracy.

Another warrant issued in New Haven, Connecticut in March 1986 charges him with offenses that include bank robbery, aggravated robbery, theft from interstate shipment and conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery.

Gonzalez-Claudio faces up to 275 years in prison if convicted. His brother, Avelino, has been convicted for his role in the incident.

Separately, investigators say Gonzalez-Claudio is believed to be a member of a domestic terror group - Ejercito Popular Boricua-Los Macheteros (the Machete Wielders) - which has claimed responsibility for several murders, armed robberies and terrorist bombings. The group seeks independence for Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory in the Caribbean.

The group's leader, Filiberto Ojeda Rios, was killed during a shootout with the FBI in 2005.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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