Tuesday, June 4, 2013

México: US Marine Veteran, Family Members Kidnapped, Ostensibly to Pressure Family for Ranch

Armando Torres III, 25, a US Marine reservist and Iraq war veteran, who was kidnapped on May 14, along with his father and uncle, in La Barranca, Tamaulipas, has yet to be heard from the group of men who abducted them from the family ranch.

The FBI reports that Armando Torres crossed the international bridge at Progreso, Texas, with plans to visit his father, Armando Torres II, and uncle, Salvador Torres, at their home. A family member reported that the three men were abducted by unidentified men.

Christina Torres, the Marine's sister, had reportedly heard rumors that drug traffickers wanted her father's ranch to facilitate their drug operation.

COMMENT: In all likelihood Armando the younger, his father and uncle were kidnapped to force the family to turn over the ranch to them, although it is unlikely that Armando was kidnapped because of his military background, but simply because he was in the wrong place at the right time.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.

Tamaulipas is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 jurisdictions in México. Its capital city is Ciudad Victoria. It is bordered by the states of Veracruz to the southeast, San Luis Potosí to the southwest and Nuevo León to the west. To the north, it has a 370 km (142.9 mile) stretch of the US-México border along the state of Texas. In addition to the capital city, Ciudad Victoria, the state's largest cities include Reynosa, Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, and Tampico.