10.05.2010 by Winsip Custer CWP News Service
With news that a Loveland, Colorado couple had been chased by Mexican pirates on Falcon Lake near Laredo, Texas, tensions along the US-Mexican border are increasing.
Tiffany Young-Hartley, wife of David Michael Hartley, said that her husband had been shot in the back of the head as they tried to get away from their attackers. She had tried to pull his body up onto her jet ski, but was unable to do so. On Tuesday morning on Fox and Friends she said that the attackers were waving guns in her face as she wrestled with her husband's body. She did not explain why they did not kill her to get rid of potential witnesses. The Fox News commentator asked Mrs. Hartley what she wants to ask of the US and Mexican governments. She said "I just want them to help me get his body back so that we can give him a proper burial."
We placed a phone call to Rick Hartley, president of the Houston 100 Club, the non-profit organization that helps the families of slain policemen to ask if he thought that the border violence like that suffered by David Michael Hartley was effecting crime rates in Texas' largest city. He has not yet returned our phone calls.
We also attempted to contact the Sheriff's department in Port Lavaca, Texas to see if boat dealer, Rick Hartley of Granite Shoals, Texas whose yacht was comandeered and run ashore near Port Lavaca, thought that the couples jet skis should have been able to out run the Mexican bandits. Mr. Hartley was not available for comment, but a patron at his marina, Carl Dudelston, stated that "anyone who jet skis on a border lake in Texas and Mexico with all the violence there is asking for trouble. If I were going fishing or boating there I'd take a small arsenal and a bunch of sharpshooter friends."
A call to Chris Crews of The Highlander newspaper who covered the Port Lavaca incident in August, 2005 that involved a relative of Rick Hartley, has not been returned either.