The Marine recently released from a Mexican prison, who was arrested in the country on trumped-up gun charges, was threatened with beheading while in custody.
“They threw every threat in the book at me,” Jon Hammar told McClatchy on Thursday, in his first public comments about the matter. According to Hammar, “full-blown” mobsters ran the prison, not the guards.
“They’d cut my head off, they told my family,” Hammer said, noting that his captors demanded money from his relatives. The threats only stopped, Hammer said, when his parents complained to the U.S. Consulate in Matamoros and he was moved from the prison’s general population to a separate cage, which was chained to a bedpost.
Hammar, who served four years in Afghanistan and Iraq and another four years in the Reserves, was arrested in August, while he was on his way to Costa Rica for a surfing trip to help with his PTSD. Hammer’s alleged crime was crossing into Mexico with his great grandfather’s antique gun, even though he had obtained registration papers for the weapon.
“I went to two different border crossings and asked a dozen different people, and at the end of the day, I got a smile on their face, you know, here’s the paperwork. Enjoy yourself,” Hammar said.