SAN JUAN – Puerto Rican Secretary of State Victor Suarez said on Thursday that the FBI searched the residence where his ex-wife and their two children live on suspicion of identity theft and other cyber-crimes but found nothing, and he criticized the way in which security forces handled the situation.
“Without any doubt, it’s a bad time for me and for them. What I want to say is to tell the media that there are two minors involved and that they have a future ahead of them,” said Suarez at a press conference at the local State Department offices in Old San Juan.
The island’s No. 2 official also asked federal authorities “to undertake an investigation to the final result” and “to clarify (the information) and release it, because the children are those of a public figure and that gets magnified.”
“My children have a future ahead of them and I’m going to protect them,” Suarez emphasized about the operation, which began between 5:30 and 6 am on Thursday morning at the home located in the municipality of Cayey, in central Puerto Rico.
Suarez said that he learned of the situation when he went to pick up his 14-year-old daughter to take her to school and saw the two children and his ex-wife on the sidewalk in front of the house being interviewed by FBI agents.
His 16-year-old son told him that the agents had knocked on the door and showed them “a search and seizure order.”
Later, the ex-wife and the son were temporarily handcuffed.
“(The agents) interviewed the three and confiscated their computers, cellphones and iPad. They didn’t seize them, left them there and, from the information (I’ve learned), they found nothing,” said Suarez.
He said he was not satisfied with the actions of the FBI, adding that this was an experience that his children will never be able to “erase” from their memories, and he urged the FBI to review its procedures.