Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, said he was headed to dinner in San Ysidro on March 31 when he inadvertently found himself at a border crossing point in Tijuana. Andrew who is a Marine veteran is jailed in Mexico on weapons charges for allegedly bringing guns across the border said he never intended to leave the country but missed the exit.
U-T San Diego reported on Sunday; “I was going to call them after I drove off the exit, but I never got off the exit, I blew right past it,” he told the newspaper in an interview from jail. “I wasn’t paying attention, thinking I had way farther to go. I ended up in Mexico with no way to turn around.”
He said Mexican authorities found three guns inside the truck he had recently driven from Florida to make a new start in San Diego. He was jailed, and is now being held in Tijuana’s La Mesa Penitentiary without bail.
Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter wrote a letter asking Secretary of State John Kerry to secure Tahmooressi’s release, and State Department officials said they were aware of the arrest in Mexico, but they do not comment on arrests of private individuals without the person’s permission.