[Ppnews] Puerto Rican suspect's extradition ordered in 1983 Conn. robbery
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Puerto Rican suspect's extradition ordered in 1983 Conn. robbery
February 21, 2008
SAN JUAN, Puerto RicoA judge on Thursday ordered
an alleged member of a militant Puerto Rican
independence group extradited to the U.S.
mainland to face charges in a 1983 robbery in Connecticut.
U.S. District Judge Marcos Lopez rejected a bail
request by Avelino Gonzalez Claudio, saying he
"represents both a flight risk and a risk to the community."
Gonzalez, 65, was arrested by the FBI two weeks
ago in his native Puerto Rico, where he had been
working as a teacher under an assumed name.
He is one of more than a dozen people indicted in
the Sept. 12, 1983 robbery of about $7 million
from a Wells Fargo armored car depot in West
Hartford, Conn. He faces charges including
robbery and transportation of stolen money.
His lawyer, Juan Ramon Acevedo, said it was not
clear when Gonzalez will be extradited.
Gonzalez is suspected of belonging to Los
Macheteros, or the "machete wielders," a group
that seeks Puerto Rico's independence from the
United States and has claimed responsibility for
a series of bombings and attacks in the 1970s and 1980s.
The FBI is still seeking two more fugitives in
the robbery, including a brother of Gonzalez and
the alleged mastermind, who is believed to be in Cuba.
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