A decorated United States Marine with two tours of combat experience has been imprisoned in a Mexican jail for over a month over an apparent mistake.
Marine reservist Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, got lost driving near San Diego, California when he took a wrong turn and accidentally crossed the border. Mexican border guards searched his truck and found three guns he legally purchased in the U.S.
Tahmooressi said he thought the guards would let him turn around and head back to the U.S., but instead he was arrested and has been in jail since April 1st.
On Fox and Friends this morning, his mother, Jill Tahmooressi, recalled getting a phone call from her son around 10 o’clock at night.
“He said, ‘Mom, I got lost. I made a wrong turn. I need you to know I’m at the Mexican border and Mexican officials have surrounded my truck. I need you to know in case anything happens to me.'"
While behind bars, an inmate reportedly threatened to kill him. Tahmooressi’s mother said the threat forced her son to take matters into his own hands. He escaped and was put into a safer part of the jail, but has been chained and strapped to a cot for about 25 days.
Jill said her son is crippled physically and mentally, and feels hopeless about his future.
She said, “I know that the Marine Corps trained him well. And I know that when he was put in that extremely violent situation in the first couple of hours in the La Mesa penitentiary, his life was threatened. And by the grace of God and his courage, he escaped that area and was able to get into a safer part of the jail.”
There was a similar case in 2012, when Jon Hammar was held for four months in a Mexican border prison before pressure from media and lawmakers got him released.
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