MERCED, California– A person interested in the kidnapping of four family members in central California’s Merced County is now in custody, authorities said Tuesday.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the four family members, including an 8-month-old infant, had not been found.
“We continue to appeal to the public for help with any information that may help us determine the family’s whereabouts,” the Merced County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office says 48-year-old Jesus Manuel Salgado, the person of interest, remains in critical condition at the hospital after attempting to “take his own life” before they located him.
Authorities say MPs have been informed that one of the victim’s ATM cards was used at a bank in the town of Atwater.
The surveillance video matched the description of Salgado from the first scene of the kidnapping. He was then identified as a person of interest around midday on Tuesday.
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Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said the man took the baby, Aroohi Dheri; the child’s mother, Jasleen Kaur, 27; father Jasdeep Singh, 36; and Uncle Amandeep Singh, 39, on Monday.
Warnke said the kidnapper took the family from a store in the city of Merced, but he made no ransom demands or made contact.
Warnke declined to identify the type of business the family came from, but Naindeep Singh, executive director of Jakara Movement, a Punjabi Sikh community organization in central California, said her family told him they were from their gas station and supermarket been fetched.
The sheriff’s department released two surveillance stills of a possible suspect and asked the public for help in identifying the man. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark shorts and a light blue disposable face mask.
The sheriff said detectives believe the kidnapper destroyed unspecified evidence to cover his tracks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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