Victor Gerena

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Victor Gerena


Victor Manuel Gerena is currently wanted by the FBI for "Bank Robbery; Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution - Armed Robbery; Theft From Interstate Shipment."[1]

Early life/education

Victor Gerena's mother, Gloria Gerena had left her husband and moved her young family from New York to Hartford, Connecticut in 1970 to "give the children a better life".

Victor Gerena, was a popular student at Bulkeley High School in Hartford Connecticut's South End during his years there in the early 1970s[2].

A member of the Human Relations Club, he took a vow "to maintain the most friendly relations with those whom you are helping." He was a trained peer counselor, guiding other students through high school's hormonal minefields. He played on the football team. The wrestling team, of which he was captain...

In high school, the teachers loved Victor Gerena, not just for himself, but because of his family. Gloria Gerena was a "dream parent".

She was supportive and hardworking. She was deeply involved in the education of her children. She enrolled in college herself.
During his junior year at Bulkeley, Gerena was selected to participate in the Upward Bound program. The city's most promising students were given an intensive college preparatory curriculum of courses at Trinity College. Even when lifted from the student body and placed among elite students, he stood out. He wore smart clothes. He liked to make a splash.

Radical exposure

Gloria Gerena was committed to independence for her native Puerto Rico. She was an active member of the local branch of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party, the radical pro-independence party formed when Filiberto Ojeda Rios created his violent splinter group, the Armed Commandos of Liberation.

Gloria Gerena routinely brought her eldest son along to meetings.

According to Hartford Puerto Rican Socialist Partyleader Edwin Vargas, Jr.[3];

"Kids like Victor were coming to our meetings, listening to our speeches...He was a kid shaped by coming to meetings with his mother and making a commitment on independence of Puerto Rico. He had all that rhetoric. He listened to our tutoring."

In 1976 two leaders of the Hartford Party, Edwin Vargas, Jr. and Jose LaLuz were expelled from the Puerto Rican Socialist Party, for being too involved in local "reformist" politics. However Gloria Gerena stayed loyal to the cause[4].

Gloria Gerena remained a Puerto Rican patriot, a committed independentista,and member of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party.

Political influence

In 1976, Victor Gerena won Bulkeley High's $1,000 Jack L. Fox scholarship. He was chosen to be a legislative intern at the General Assembly[5].

At the state Capitol, Victor Gerena came "under the wing" of Marion Delaney, a "formidable figure and a political institution in her own right".

Until her death in 1996, she helped run the clerk's office at the state House of Representatives. In practice, she helped run the Capitol.
As he did everyone else, Gerena captivated her. She made him a personal project. She advised him on his appearance. She corrected his speech. And she wanted to know where he was going to college.

Marion Delaney suggested that Victor Gerena should go to Annhurst College, her alma mater. Victor Gerena agreed[6].

Wanted by the FBI

from left: Gerena in 1983; photo retouched in 2004; age-enhanced photograph

Victor Manuel Gerena is being sought in connection with the armed robbery of approximately $7 million from a security company in Connecticut in 1983. He allegedly took two security employees hostage at gunpoint and then handcuffed, bound and injected them with an unknown substance in order to further disable them. [1]

Description

  • Date(s) of Birth Used: June 24, 1958
  • Place of Birth: New York City, New York
  • Height: 5'6" to 57"
  • Weight: 160 to 169 pounds
  • Build: Medium/Stocky
  • Occupations: Machinist, Security Guard
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Green
  • Sex: Male
  • Complexion: Dark/Medium
  • Race: White (Hispanic)
  • Nationality: American (Puerto Rican descent)
  • Scars and Marks: Gerena has a one-inch scar and a mole on his right shoulder blade.

Aliases used: Victor Ortiz, Victor M. Gerena Ortiz

Reward

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000,000 for information directly leading to the apprehension of Joanne Chesimard. He should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

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