POSTED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 9:48am
UPDATED: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 9:27am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — In a statement to the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Ruben Hinojosa talked about the kidnapping of former Marine Corporal Armando Torres.
Madam Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed her concern about the former marine.
“I rise to express my deep concern for former Marine Corporal Armando Torres who was kidnapped by members of the Mexican Cartel during a visit to Las Barrancas, Tamaulipas, Mexico while visiting his father and uncle.”
On May 14, Torres crossed the Rio Grande into Mexico and was to return the next day. Family members in Mexico report that Torres, along with his father and uncle, were forcibly taken by members of the cartel.
Corporal Torres is a combat veteran who served his country honorably in Iraqi.
“I have asked the F.B.I. in McAllen, Texas and the U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros, Mexico to help bring this Marine and his relatives back safely to their loved ones,” Hinojosa said.
Each agency has been working on this case every day for the past two months. They report the Mexican government is cooperating with them on their efforts to find the victims of this outrageous crime.
“I commend the quick action taken by both the F.B.I. and the U.S. State Department and I urge them to continue to do all they can to find and return our former Marine, Armando Torres, back safely to the U.S. and to bring his relatives back home. The united states does not and must not give up and leave one of its own behind,” he said.