SAN DIEGO - A group of about 100 riders mounted their motorcycles Saturday and rode together in a show of support for Andrew Tahmooressi, the Marine reservist being held in a Mexican jail.
Bikers from as far as Texas met at the San Diego Harley-Davidson's main location at 4645 Morena Blvd. on Saturday. Their push was urging the release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.
Organizers say Tahmooressi fought for our country's freedom, so they wanted to do the same for him.
"We need people to be aware of what's going on," said supporter Paul Hawker. "We have a no soldier left behind. He's being left behind in Mexico."
Tahmooressi is in a Mexican jail accused of bringing legally registered guns across the border three months ago.
He had just moved to San Diego for post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. He was living out of his truck and he says he took a wrong turn at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
Some 100 bikers participated in the rally. They headed south on Interstate 5 and turned onto state Route 905, dodging the border.
The bikers say their message is not for the Mexican government.
"We just want to get a message loud enough to the White House for President Obama, to pick up the telephone to call the president of Mexico and get Tahmooressi free," said "New York Myke," who organized the rally.
San Diego police say they had five extra officers keeping a close eye on the border in case the group decided to protest at the San Ysidro border crossing.
The event ended at Kearny Mesa Harley-Davidson where bikers ate lunch and listened to music.
Mother Jill Tahmooressi is overjoyed supporters have not lost hope.
"The family is honored and Andrew is so appreciative that so many people are interested in seeing him free," she told 10News.
Tahmooressi is due in Mexican court July 9 for an evidentiary hearing. Jill Tahmooressi says it will be his first time facing a judge and she is planning on attending.