Video released as search continues

The search for an abducted family of four in California continues on Wednesday as relatives appealed for public assistance. an armed man. Watch the surveillance video in the video player above. The abduction of 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her parents Jasleen Kaur and Jasdeep Singh and the child’s uncle Amandeep Singh happened Monday in Merced, California. Singh, a brother of one of the victims, told reporters on Wednesday. “We need the public’s help right now. Please help us…to get my family home safely.” According to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation began at 11:39 a.m. Monday, when the California Highway Patrol responded to a 2020 Dodge Ram that was on fire and asked the Merced Police Department to help find the driver. vehicle owner. About an hour later, at 12:35 p.m., Merced officers arrived at the truck owner’s address and met with a family member. Officers attempted to contact the couple and the child’s uncle, but were unable to reach them. Watch the full news conference from authorities in the video player below Later Monday at 1:04 p.m. Merced County Sheriff’s Office officers responded to a business on South Highway 59. “During primary investigation, detectives have determined that the individuals were abducted,” the sheriff’s office said Tuesday. A suspect was seen on CCTV at a business putting two men into a truck, followed by a woman and a baby, Britton said. In an initial statement on the case Monday, the sheriff’s office said it believes the family was abducted “against their will” from a business on the 800 block of South Highway 59 in Merced, which is between Modesto and Fresno in central California. We just know they’re gone,” Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said in a video message posted to Facebook. their tracks. Video below: Central Valley family including 8-month-old child abducted, officials say On Tuesday, authorities arrested a 48-year-old man as a person of interest in the case. Britton said that the family of the man had contacted law enforcement and told them that the man had admitted to being involved in the abduction.Law enforcement contacted the man after the call from the family. As they investigate, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office continues to ask the public to contact their office at 209-385-7547 to share any information they may have regarding the case. The FBI and the “Investigators continue to pursue all leads and are working diligently to locate the family,” the sheriff’s office said on Tuesday. , California, the sheriff’s office said in a common ique. Atwater is about nine miles northwest of Merced. Britton said it was unclear whether the 48-year-old man in police custody was the person who used that card. After that transaction, investigators were able to identify the 48-year-old as a person of interest in the case and later took him into custody, officials said. The man attempted suicide before law enforcement intervened, and he was receiving medical treatment and in critical condition Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities were working to confirm the man in custody is the same suspect they released photos Monday, Alexandra Britton, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, told CNN. the sheriff’s office said. On Monday, officials described the suspect as a man with a shaved head and was last seen wearing a hoodie. He was considered armed and dangerous, officials said.

The search for an abducted family of four in California continues on Wednesday as relatives appealed for public assistance.

Authorities said they had a person of interest in custody and held a press conference during which they showed surveillance video of the family being forced into a truck by a gunman.

Watch the surveillance video in the video player above.

The abduction of 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her parents Jasleen Kaur and Jasdeep Singh and the child’s uncle Amandeep Singh happened Monday in Merced, California.

“Every store, gas station, everyone who has cameras, please check the cameras,” Sukhdeep Singh, a brother of one of the victims, told reporters on Wednesday. “We need the public’s help right now. Please help us…to get my family home safely.”

According to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation began at 11:39 a.m. Monday, when the California Highway Patrol responded to a 2020 Dodge Ram that was on fire and asked the Merced Police Department to help find the driver. vehicle owner.

About an hour later, at 12:35 p.m., Merced officers arrived at the truck owner’s address and met a family member there. Officers attempted to contact the couple and the child’s uncle, but were unable to reach them.

Watch the full press conference from the authorities in the video player below

Later Monday at 1:04 p.m., Merced County Sheriff’s Office officers responded to a business on South Route 59. ‘During the primary investigation, detectives determined the individuals were kidnapped’ , the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.

The kidnapping involved a gun and restraints, according to Deputy Alexandra Britton, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.

A suspect was seen on CCTV at a business putting two men into a truck, followed by a woman and a baby, Britton said.

In an initial statement on the case Monday, the sheriff’s office said it believes the family was abducted “against their will” from a business on the 800 block of South Highway 59 in Merced, which is between Modesto and Fresno in central California.

“We have no motive behind this. We just know they are gone,” Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said in a video message posted to Facebook.

Warnke also said investigators had collected evidence indicating “individuals involved in this destroyed evidence in an effort to cover their tracks.”

Video below: Central Valley family including 8-month-old child kidnapped, officials say

On Tuesday, authorities took a 48-year-old man into custody as a person of interest in the case.

Britton said the man’s family contacted law enforcement and told them the man admitted to being involved in the kidnapping. Law enforcement contacted the man after the family called.

While they investigate, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office continues to ask the public to contact their office at 209-385-7547 to share any information they may have regarding the case. The FBI and California Department of Justice are also investigating.

“Investigators continue to pursue all leads and are working diligently to locate the family,” the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.

Victim’s ATM card used after disappearance

Investigators learned Tuesday morning that a credit card belonging to one of the victims had been used at a bank in Atwater, Calif., the sheriff’s office said in a statement. Atwater is about nine miles northwest of Merced. Britton said it was unclear whether the 48-year-old man in police custody was the person who used that card.

After that transaction, investigators were able to identify the 48-year-old as a person of interest in the case and subsequently took him into custody, officials said.

The man attempted suicide before law enforcement intervened, and he was receiving medical treatment and in critical condition Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office.

Authorities were working to confirm that the man in custody is the same suspect whose photos they released Monday, Alexandra Britton, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, told CNN.

“Investigators have obtained a CCTV photo of a subject performing a banking transaction where the person appears to resemble the CCTV photo from the original abduction scene,” the sheriff’s office said.

On Monday, officials described the suspect as a man with a shaved head and was last seen wearing a hoodie. He was considered armed and dangerous, officials said.

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