March 4, 2017 – On March 2, 2017, a male Venezuelan national drove a sedan at a high rate of speed towards the front gate of the U.S. Embassy in Panama City. The Embassy’s security force went into immediate action and was able to stop the vehicle before it smashed the Embassy gate while placing the Embassy’s diplomats on high alert. The security force detained the Venezuelan and turned him over to the local Panamanian police. The security force searched the vehicle but did not find any weapons or explosives.
The security for the Embassy is provided by the U.S. security contractor, Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions (Torres), from Falls Church, Virginia. Torres is one of the largest providers of security for U.S. Embassies worldwide, including in high-conflict areas in the Middle East, Africa and Pakistan. Torres previously provided security for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and today provides security for U.S. and NATO forces in Eastern Europe.
In an interview of the subject conducted by the Embassy security force, the Venezuelan said he had attacked the Embassy because he was dismayed that he was not allowed to immigrate to the United States as a political asylum seeker. The Panamanian police released the man without charges the same day of his arrest.
Torres’s CEO, Mr. Jerry Torres, says that the Embassy security force trains for all types of contingencies from natural disasters to terrorist attacks, and were therefore prepared to successfully follow all Standard Operating Procedures.
Torres is proud of the actions undertaken by its Embassy security force in Panama and of all of our personnel guarding our commercial and diplomatic customers around the world.