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June 4, 2013 - 7:58 am

The FBI issued an appeal for the public’s help in the kidnapping of a U.S. Marine at gunpoint in Mexico.

Armando Torres III, a U.S. citizen and Marine in the Individual Ready Reserve and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, drove across the border on May 14 to visit his father’s ranch in La Barranca, Tamaulipas, which is located near the International Port of Entry Bridge at Los Indios, Texas.

Soon after Torres arrived at the ranch, armed gunmen stormed the property and took the 25-year-old Marine as well as his father, Armando Torres II, and his uncle Salvador Torres, both Mexican citizens.

The gunmen also reportedly took belongings from the house and the family’s cars.

The Marine’s sister, Cristina Torres of Virginia, told The Monitor newspaper in McAllen, Texas, that drug traffickers had been trying to acquire the ranch because of its proximity to the border but the Torres family wouldn’t give it up.

“She saw a white truck with people in it and they just went in the house and got my brother and my dad and my uncle and just put them in the truck and took off,” Cristina Torres said of a phone call she received from her cousin minutes after the kidnapping.

The three Torres family members haven’t been seen or heard from since the kidnapping.

The FBI opened a concurrent investigation to the Mexican government’s probe “and is vigorously pursuing all investigative leads,” the bureau said.

Armando Torres III lives in Hargill, Texas, and is the father of two boys aged 3 and 4.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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If Obama had any guts or balls, he'd send in the Marines....but we know he has neither, so....let the Mexicans handle it. I'm sure they'll eventually find the remains.
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Its getting time for people to go read up on Pershing's expedition to Mexico in 1916. We are going to need its lessons because sooner or later ... we are going back.
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I'm sure the Mexican authorities will handle the situation with all deliberate speed and with the professional acumen necessary to gain the release of the American citizen and his family members. They are, after all, our trusted allies in our war on drugs.
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