Dozens of U.S. fugitives thought in Cuba

Oct. 13, 2009 at 1:39 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Dozens of American fugitives are hiding out in Cuba beyond the reach of U.S. law, officials say.

The surrender this week of accused 1968 plane hijacker Luis Armando Pena Soltren, 66, to U.S. authorities has focused attention on other fugitives thought to be in Cuba, including Joanne Chesimard, 62, also known as Assata Shakur, ABC News reported Tuesday.

Chesimard, a former activist with the Black Liberation Army, was convicted of murder in the 1977 shooting death of a New Jersey state trooper, escaped from jail in 1979 and was last seen in Cuba in 1984, where she reportedly is still believed to be living underground.

Another U.S. fugitive believed living in Cuba is Victor Manuel Gerena, whom authorities say has been sought since 1984 after allegedly stealing $7 million in a heist of the Wells Fargo armored car depot in Connecticut to finance a Puerto Rican separatist group, ABC said.

The U.S. broadcaster said the FBI believes Gerena is still in Cuba and has offered up to $1 million for information leading to his capture.

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