Closeup of picture from Instagram account of U.S. Marine Job Wallace.

 

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Military Knew Missing Marine Was ‘Heavily Armed and Dangerous’

Job Wallace, the U.S. marine who did not show up for duty at Camp Pendleton last month, was considered “heavily armed and dangerous” by military investigators, The Young Turks has learned.

While declining to warn the public about Wallace, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) had privately notified the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office in Texas that Wallace was “heavily armed and dangerous,” according to a computer-aided dispatch report obtained by TYT under the Texas Open Records Law. The report, produced by the Navarro County Sheriff, represents the first authorized disclosure to the public by law enforcement that Wallace was considered heavily armed and posed a threat to public safety.

Last month TYT obtained a leaked FBI document warning that Wallace had “mentioned on multiple occasions his desire to travel to Mexico to ‘take out’ cartel members and traffickers” and that rifles, a shotgun, and pistol belonging to him had gone missing. The document also said that “Wallace indicated he has been dissatisfied with his life in the Marine Corps” and had “given away or abandoned several valuable personal items recently…[and] cleared all personal belongings from his room at Camp Pendleton.”

That document, produced by the FBI’s Phoenix Division, was based on information provided by two confidential informants.

A subsequent report by ABC-15 citing “law enforcement sources” appeared to corroborate TYT’s reporting. And shortly after TYT’s report, Wallace was arrested by NCIS and local law enforcement at a rest stop near Dallas, Texas on September 21st. Wallace is reportedly imprisoned in a brig at Camp Pendleton and awaits charges.

The FBI has declined to comment on the document obtained by TYT, instead referring media to NCIS. In the past, NCIS has declined to comment on the case, citing an ongoing investigation. NCIS also declined to comment on the new document obtained by TYT or to provide an update on the status of Wallace’s case.

“Out of respect for the investigative process and to protect witnesses, NCIS does not comment on or confirm details relating to ongoing investigations,” an NCIS spokeperson told TYT.

Ken Klippenstein is a senior investigative reporter for TYT. He can be reached securely via Signal at 202-510-1268, on Twitter @kenklippenstein or via email: [email protected].

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