Suspect found in family kidnapping; Victims Still Missing – Middletown Press | Ad On Picture

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Relatives of a family who were kidnapped at gunpoint from their truck shop in central California on Wednesday asked for help locating an 8-month-old girl, her mother, father and uncle.

Authorities showed surveillance video of a man kidnapping baby Aroohi Dheri at a news conference on Wednesday; the child’s mother, Jasleen Kaur, 27; father Jasdeep Singh, 36; and Uncle Amandeep Singh, 39, from her Merced shop on Monday.

Family members said nothing was stolen by the trucking company, but their relatives all wore jewelry. Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said that after the kidnapping, an ATM card from one of the victims was used in Atwater, a town about 9 miles north of Merced.

Victims’ relatives asked anyone who owns a grocery store or gas station in the area to check their surveillance cameras for pictures of the suspect or family. They said they were concerned that the baby was not being fed because the family did not have any baby food with them at the time of the kidnapping.

“Please help us, come forward so my family can get home safely,” said Sukhdeep Singh, a brother of the victims, his voice cracking.

Relatives of Jesus Salgado, 48, contacted authorities and said he had admitted to them that he was involved in the kidnapping of the family, Warnke told KFSN-TV on Tuesday. Salgado attempted suicide before police arrived at a home in Atwater and he has since been hospitalized, he said.

Warnke said the kidnapper made no ransom demands.

Family members told KXTV-TV that the trucking company’s office only opened about a week earlier.

“My husband is a very peaceful and calm person. We have no idea why they kidnapped her,” said Jaspreet Caur, the kidnapped uncle’s wife.

The sheriff said detectives believe the kidnapper destroyed unspecified evidence to cover his tracks.

The sheriff’s office said firefighters found Amandeep Singh’s pickup truck on fire Monday. Officers from the Merced Police Department went to Amandeep Singh’s home, where a family member tried to reach him and the couple. When they couldn’t reach her family members, they called the Merced County Sheriff’s Office to report her missing, the office said.

The sheriff’s office said the FBI, California Department of Justice and other local law enforcement agencies are helping with the investigation.

Merced is a city of 86,000 people about 200 kilometers southeast of San Francisco in the San Joaquin Valley.

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