The Merced County Sheriff’s Office releases CCTV footage showing how a four-member Sikh family was kidnapped at gunpoint in California. Twitter/@MercedSheriff
New Delhi: CCTV footage showing how the Sikh family of four, including an eight-month-old baby girl, found dead in California, US on Wednesday, was abducted at gunpoint on Monday has now been released. The surveillance footage was released by the Merced County Sheriff’s Office.
The video shows Jasdeep Singh (36), his wife Jasleen Kaur (27), their 8-month-old daughter Aroohi Dheri and the infant’s uncle Amandeep Singh (39), had their hands tied by the armed kidnapper and been taken away. at the end of the rifle. They were then forcibly taken inside a truck.
The pictures show the two brothers – Jasdeep and Amandeep, from Harsi Pind in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, arriving at the premises of their newly opened trucking business in central California on Monday October 3. There, Jasdeep saw a man who had a garbage bag. The man later appears to have pulled out a gun.
The video further shows Jasdeep and Amandeep walking out with their hands tied behind their backs. An armed man can escort them.
The shooter is then seen re-entering the trailer which was being used as a business office and moments later takes Jasleen who is seen carrying her eight-month-old baby and taking them into a truck.
The clip also shows the suspect was carrying out checks on the property before entering into a conversation with Amandeep and following him to a ram.
Footage shows the suspect donning a dark colored hoodie and covering his face with a mask. He was seen walking around a parking lot with a white trash bag in his hand. The video also shows a dog in the compound where the abduction took place.
The Singhs ran Unison Trucking Inc., a trucking company, in Merced, about 200 miles southeast of San Francisco.
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The Merced Sheriff’s Office said the family went missing Monday after firefighters found Amandeep’s truck burned. The family then tried to contact Amandeep, Jasdeep and Jasleen, but they were unsuccessful in contacting them. The family members then called the Merced County Sheriff’s Office to report them missing.
A Reuters report says their family said nothing was stolen from the business. No ransom demand was made. But the victims were all wearing jewelry. Police say, however, that an ATM card belonging to one of the victims was used in Atwater.
Indian family kidnapped at gunpoint in California found dead
The bodies of Jasdeep Singh, Jasleen Kaur, their eight-month-old child and the baby’s uncle were found Wednesday evening in an orchard near Indiana Road and Hutchinson Road in an “extremely” rural and remote area, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said.
“Our worst fears have been confirmed,” Sheriff Vern Warnke said.
He went on to say that a farm worker near the orchard found the bodies and immediately contacted authorities.
“All the bodies were found close together. There are no words to describe the anger I feel,” Warnke said at a press conference.
“There’s a special place in hell for this guy,” he said of Jesus Manuel Salgado, the suspect, who attempted suicide. “It’s horribly, horribly insane,” he added.
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Jesus Salgado, a 48-year-old convicted robber who is considered a “person of interest”, has been taken into custody for the kidnapping and murder of the four family members of Indian descent in California.
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Relatives of Salgado contacted police after he confessed to involvement in the kidnappings. He also attempted suicide before police arrived at a house near Atwater. He has since been hospitalized.
The police chief said Salgado spoke to investigators, but did not provide details.
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