Surveillance footage shows armed man kidnapping California family still missing

four members of a california family who was kidnapped earlier this week The man was taken out of a business by an armed man before he disappeared, according to surveillance footage released by local authorities on Wednesday. person of interest is in custodyOfficials said, but has been admitted to the hospital in a serious condition after a suicide attempt, from which there has been no communication so far.

Footage shown at a press conference by Merced County Sheriff’s Office officials showed two family members — 36-year-old Jasdeep Singh and 39-year-old Amandeep Singh — coming into business around 8:30. Monday morning. About half an hour later, a man is seen talking to Jasdeep on his way to business and before entering the couple’s building. The man can be seen dropping the garbage bag he was carrying and pulling out the gun.

There are no cameras inside the business – but at 9:11 a.m., the man is seen leaving the building with Jasdeep and Amandeep, both zip-tied in their hands, and placing them in the back of a pickup truck. Huh. The truck leaves, but returns after six minutes. The suspect goes back inside, and soon leaves with 27-year-old Jasleen Kaur and her 8-month-old baby, Aarohi Dheri.

The family has not been seen since local authorities prompted a furious search.

Person of interest caught in kidnapping of a California family;  4 victims missing
Undated photos of a family: baby Aarohi Dheri, her mother, Jasleen Kaur, her father, Jasdeep Singh and her uncle (R) Amandeep Singh were kidnapped from a business in Merced County, California on October 3, 2022 .

Merced County Sheriff’s Office

On Tuesday, a man of interest – identified as 48-year-old Jesus Manuel Salgado – attempted to die by suicide in nearby Atwater, officials said. The exact circumstances are unclear, but Merced County Sheriff Vernon Warnke said he tried to take his own life before law enforcement arrived at the scene. Salgado survived, but is hospitalized in critical condition and has not yet been able to communicate with authorities.

Warneke said he expects Salgado’s condition to improve enough on Wednesday so that he can be interviewed.

“We are leaving no stone unturned,” he said.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office is holding a press conference regarding the October 3 kidnapping.

Posted by Merced County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Warneke said there was no clear motive for the crime, but noted that Salgado was convicted of robbery in 2005. Warneke said he was granted parole in 2015 and had no major contact with law enforcement. Until law enforcement proves otherwise, Warneke said he believes the motive in the case is also financial — but he said earlier this week that authorities had not received any requests for ransom.

And while there’s no evidence that another person helped with the kidnapping, Warnecke said his years of law enforcement experience led him to believe that at least one other person was involved.

A representative of the family who spoke at the press conference requested local businesses to check their surveillance cameras for any possible evidence. He described the victims as a “peace-loving family” who run a small business and have lived in the area for years.

“We are devastated, we are stunned, we are dying every moment,” he said.

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