[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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