Crime: Relatives plead for tips on kidnapped family, including baby

Kidnapped California family: Merced officials found missing uncle's truck on fire

  Kidnapped California family: Merced officials found missing uncle's truck on fire California authorities found a truck belonging to a missing Merced man, believed kidnapped along with three of his family members, set ablaze in a rural area.The Merced County Sheriff's Office on Monday announced the kidnapping of 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri; her 27-year-old mother, Jasleen Kaur; her 36-year-old father, Jasdeep Singh; and the baby's 39-year-old uncle, Amandeep Singh.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Relatives of a family kidnapped at gunpoint from their trucking business in central California pleaded for help Wednesday in the search for an 8-month-old girl, her mother, father and uncle.

This undated photo provided by Merced County Sheriff's Office shows eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her parents, Jasleen Kaur, and Jasdeep Singh, and uncle Amandeep Singh, who were kidnapped from a south Merced, Calif., business Monday night, Oct. 3, 2022. Authorities are seeking the public's help in finding the family members and released photos of them. The Merced County Sheriff's Office said the child's mother, father and uncle were taken against their will at gunpoint from a business in the city of Merced, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. (Merced County Sheriff's Office via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press This undated photo provided by Merced County Sheriff's Office shows eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her parents, Jasleen Kaur, and Jasdeep Singh, and uncle Amandeep Singh, who were kidnapped from a south Merced, Calif., business Monday night, Oct. 3, 2022. Authorities are seeking the public's help in finding the family members and released photos of them. The Merced County Sheriff's Office said the child's mother, father and uncle were taken against their will at gunpoint from a business in the city of Merced, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. (Merced County Sheriff's Office via AP)

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

Person of Interest in Kidnapping of Calif. Family Is in Critical Condition as They Remain Missing

  Person of Interest in Kidnapping of Calif. Family Is in Critical Condition as They Remain Missing A family of four, including three adults and an 8-month-old baby, were allegedly taken at gunpoint from a business in Merced County on MondayA person suspected in connection with the kidnapping of a family in California has been arrested and is in critical condition as the search for the family continues, according to the Merced County Sheriff's Office (MSCO).

Family members said nothing was stolen from the trucking company but that their relatives were all wearing jewelry. Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said that after the kidnapping, an ATM card belonging to one of the victims was used in Atwater, a city about 9 miles (14 kilometers) north of Merced.

This undated photo provided by Merced County Sheriff's Office shows family members who authorities are seeking the public's help in finding after they were kidnapped on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Sheriff’s officials in central California released photos of a possible suspect in the kidnapping of four members of the family, including an 8-month-old child. The Merced County Sheriff’s Office said the child’s mother, father and uncle were taken against their will at gunpoint from a business in the city of Merced, Calif. (Merced County Sheriff's Office via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press This undated photo provided by Merced County Sheriff's Office shows family members who authorities are seeking the public's help in finding after they were kidnapped on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Sheriff’s officials in central California released photos of a possible suspect in the kidnapping of four members of the family, including an 8-month-old child. The Merced County Sheriff’s Office said the child’s mother, father and uncle were taken against their will at gunpoint from a business in the city of Merced, Calif. (Merced County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Relatives of the victims asked anyone who owns a convenience store or gas station in the area to check their surveillance cameras for images of the suspect or the family. They said they were worried the baby wasn’t being fed because the family didn’t have any baby food with them at the time of the kidnapping.

Authorities Show Video of Kidnapped Calif. Family Being Placed into Pickup Truck by Armed Suspect

  Authorities Show Video of Kidnapped Calif. Family Being Placed into Pickup Truck by Armed Suspect "Please help us all come forward so my family [can] come home safe," Sukhdeep Singh, a family relative of the victims said during a press conference WednesdayAuthorities showed video footage of a kidnapped California family being placed by an armed suspect into a pickup truck as the victims' relatives pleaded for help from the public during a press conference held Wednesday.

This surveillance image provided by Merced County Sheriff's Office shows a possible suspect sought by authorities in the kidnapping of four members of a family, including an 8-month-old child. Deputies are searching Merced and surrounding areas for the baby, Aroohi Dheri; the child’s mother, Jasleen Kaur, father Jasdeep Singh, and uncle Amandeep Singh, who were taken against their will at gunpoint from a business in the city of Merced, Calif. on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. (Merced County Sheriff's Office via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press This surveillance image provided by Merced County Sheriff's Office shows a possible suspect sought by authorities in the kidnapping of four members of a family, including an 8-month-old child. Deputies are searching Merced and surrounding areas for the baby, Aroohi Dheri; the child’s mother, Jasleen Kaur, father Jasdeep Singh, and uncle Amandeep Singh, who were taken against their will at gunpoint from a business in the city of Merced, Calif. on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. (Merced County Sheriff's Office via AP)

“Please help us out, come forward, so my family comes home safe,” Sukhdeep Singh, a brother of the victims, said, his voice breaking.

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

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This undated image released by Merced County Sheriff's Office shows a person of interest, where the person is similar in appearance to the surveillance photo from the original kidnapping scene where four members of a family, including an 8-month-old child, were taken against their will at gunpoint from a business in the city of Merced, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. (Merced County Sheriff's Office via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press This undated image released by Merced County Sheriff's Office shows a person of interest, where the person is similar in appearance to the surveillance photo from the original kidnapping scene where four members of a family, including an 8-month-old child, were taken against their will at gunpoint from a business in the city of Merced, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. (Merced County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Warnke said the kidnapper made no ransom demands.

This undated image released by Merced County Sheriff's Office shows a person of interest, where the person is similar in appearance to the surveillance photo from the original kidnapping scene where four members of a family, including an 8-month-old child, were taken against their will at gunpoint from a business in the city of Merced, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. (Merced County Sheriff's Office via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press This undated image released by Merced County Sheriff's Office shows a person of interest, where the person is similar in appearance to the surveillance photo from the original kidnapping scene where four members of a family, including an 8-month-old child, were taken against their will at gunpoint from a business in the city of Merced, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. (Merced County Sheriff's Office via AP)

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

“My husband is very peaceful and calm person. We don’t have any clue why they kidnapped them,” said Jaspreet Caur, wife of the kidnapped uncle.

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

The sheriff's office said that firefighters on Monday found a pickup truck belonging to Amandeep Singh that was on fire. Merced Police Department officers went to Amandeep Singh's home, where a family member tried to reach him and the couple. When they were not able to reach their family members, they called the Merced County Sheriff’s office to report them missing, the office said.

This undated image released by Merced County Sheriff's Office shows Jesus Salgado, suspected of kidnapping a Sikh family  at gunpoint in central California, Monday, Oct. 2, 2022. Detectives said Salgado tried to kill himself Tuesday and is hospitalized in critical condition. (Merced County Sheriff's Office via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press This undated image released by Merced County Sheriff's Office shows Jesus Salgado, suspected of kidnapping a Sikh family at gunpoint in central California, Monday, Oct. 2, 2022. Detectives said Salgado tried to kill himself Tuesday and is hospitalized in critical condition. (Merced County Sheriff's Office via AP)

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

Merced is a city of 86,000 people about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco in the San Joaquin Valley.

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