- Note-The following are excerpts from Frank Edward's 1966
book, "Flying Saucers-Serious Business." Here he describes close
encounters with UFO occupants who had left their victims with "deep
scratches," not unlike the recent accounts from India.
- Venezuela was a hotbed of UFO activity in the closing
weeks of 1954. Police records in many cities contain accounts of humanoids
around disc-shape craft seen on the ground. In some instances where men
reported personal contact with these creatures, the men did not fair to
- In the suburbs of San Carlos is a beautiful park
named for the Ministry of Agriculture and used to hold its expositions.
On the night of December 16, three young men dined together in a restaurant
in San Carlos and were driving home together. Jesus Paz asked his friends
to stop the car in order that he might enter an isolated part of the park
to relieve himself. Paz had scarcely gone more then a dozen steps before
he screamed for help. His friends ran to his rescue and found him stunned
and lying on the ground. A short distance away a small, hairy, manlike
creature was running toward a shiny disclike craft which was resting on
the grass. One of the companions of Paz was Luis Mejia, a member of the
National Guard, who had only time to snatch up a stone and hurl it at the
disc, which was beginning to rise with a tremendous buzzing sound.
- Paz was rushed back to the city to the hospital,
where doctors found that he was in a state of shock. Furthermore, the man
had long deep scratches on his right side and downward across his spine
"like claw marks" the doctor said.
- Paz told officials that he had walked around a bed
of tall flowers, his footsteps deadened by thick grass. Suddenly he almost
stumbled over this short, hairy manlike creature that was examining the
flowers. Paz tried to escape but, when he turned, the creature attacked
him, first by clawing and tearing his shirt, then with a blow on the back
of the neck which stunned Paz.
- Six days before the Paz incident at San Carlos,
two teenage boys, Jesus Gomez and Lorenzo Flores, had been hunting rabbits
along Trans-Andean Highway between Chico and Cerro De Las Tres Torres.
They had only one old shotgun, unloaded as they started home as they had
used all their ammunition.
- As they trudged along the edge of the highway they
noticed some sort of shiny object in the brush alongside the road and only
a short distance from the highway proper. They told police they though
it must have been an automobile which had gone off the road . . . and they
went into the brush to investigate.
- The boys found themselves only a few feet from an
object which resembled two shiny wash bowls stuck together at the rims.
They estimated that it was probably ten feet in diameter and could see,
they later told police, that it was hovering about three feet off the ground
and it was ejecting fire from the bottom.
- Lorenzo Flores said in his statement:
- "Then we saw four little men come out of it.
They were approximately three feet tall. When they realized that we there,
the four of them grabbed Jesus and tried to drag him toward the thing.
I could do nothing but take my shotgun, which was not loaded, and I struck
one of them with it. The gun seemed to have struck something as hard as
rock-it stung my hands- and it broke the gun in two pieces . . . it was
too dark to see features of their faces, but we did notice the abundant
hair on their bodies and great strength."
- Gomez had been dazed by something when the creature
grabbed him. Flores dragged his friend back toward the road, and when Gomez
was able to do so, they ran as fast as they could to the nearest police
station. They arrived with their clothing badly torn. Gomez's shirt was
in shreds. Both boys were deeply scratched. Doctors who were summoned told
police that the young men had been badly frightened by something to such
an extent that they were nearly hysterical but were otherwise intelligent
- When the boys led the police to the scene of the
reported encounter on the following morning, the officers had found ample
evidence that some sort of struggle had taken place . . . and they also
had recovered the broken shotgun which had been Flores' most prize possession.
But other then a few scorched bushes, there was no trace of the little
creatures or their craft.
- Exactly two weeks before this incident, two truck
drivers in Caracas had stumbled into a police station, torn bleeding, and
terrified, to gasp out a story which might have been ignored by the police
. . . had it not been for an exceptional witness.
- Jose Ponce was a helper on a panel truck driven
by Gustavo Gonzales and, in the early morning hours of November 28, they
were driving to Petare, about fifteen miles away, to pick up a load of
food to be delivered in Caracas in time for the markets, which opened about
- The truck was jogging along a street on the outskirts
of Caracas, about 2 a.m., when the men found their way blocked by a glowing
disc- shaped object about ten feet in diameter, which was hovering about
six feet above the street.
- Gonzales brought his truck to a stop and both men
just sat there for a moment, staring at this strange object in wonderment.
Then, by common impulse, they got out of the truck and walked closer to
the object. When they were about twenty five feet from it , they discovered
they were being approached by what appeared to be a very hairy dwarf-like
- Gonzales grabbed the creature and lifted him off
the ground. [He later told police the creature weighed about thirty-five
pounds.-F.E.] But the little fellow twisted out of the truck driver's grasp
and gave Gonzales a shove that sent him sprawling backward. Ponce had had
enough . . . he turned to run for help at a police station only a couple
of blocks away.
- Before Gonzales could regain his feet, his tiny
antagonist leaped several feet into the air and came for Gonzales-who noted
that his attacker's eyes glowed in the headlights of the truck-"like
yellow cat's eyes!" Gonzales managed to get up on one knee and get
his knife ready for action. As the little creature lunged at him, Gonzales
saw that instead of hands it had webbed extremities that had claws about
an inch long. Gonzales later told police that he tried to drive the knife
into the creature's shoulder . . . but the blade glanced out as if he had
struck steel. Another of the hairy little men jumped out of the glowing
craft and pointed a small shiny tube at Gonzales. There was a brilliant
beam of light which blinded Gonzales for a moment and he thought he was
gone . . . but when he could see again the object was rising above the
trees and was quickly lost in the night.
- Gonzales ran for the police station, arriving a
couple of minutes after his companion. At first police thought the men
were drunk or crazy. A doctor was summoned, who determined that both men
were in a state of shock and that neither of them had been drinking. Gonzales
was treated for a long deep scratch down his left side and was placed under
- Fortunately for the men involved, and for others
who were interested, a well-known Caracas physician had witnessed the entire
incident. He had been on a night call and had been driving behind Gonzales
when Gonzales came upon the thing blocking the street. The doctor told
authorities that he had witnessed the fracas which Gonzales and Ponce had
described, but that he had been reluctant to confirm their report for fear
of ridicule. Later after being assured that he would not be identified
in the reports, the doctor made his statement to police.
- [The APRO representative in Caracas was informed by press
representatives that the doctor was subsequently invited to the United
States for consultation with authorities here regarding the "little
men" involved in the Petare case. -F.E.]