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Man Jailed After He Allegedly Stole Boat to Return To Cuba Because ‘He Disliked Living In The U.S.’: Sheriff

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Source: Marathon County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

Nov. 9 2022, Published 2:12 p.m. ET

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A man unhappy with living in the United States wound up behind bars after stealing a fishing boat and attempting to cruise to Cuba, authorities in Florida said.

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The man claimed Torres Perez, 30, “had been talking about returning to Cuba as he disliked living in the U.S,” the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.

The U.S. Coast Guard were able to locate the vessel around 50 miles off Key West after an emergency beacon was activated.

The sheriff’s office said Torres Perez was waving his hands for help when a Coast Guard crew found him in the boat, which had broken down, and a tanker picked him up.

Torres Perez was transported to Key West, where he faces charges of felony larceny and burglary when he is arraigned on Nov. 18.


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