Cops: Person of Interest in Family's Kidnapping Tried to Kill Himself

Jesus Manuel Salgado is in critical condition
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2022 1:11 AM CDT
Updated Oct 4, 2022 7:19 PM CDT
Family, Including Baby Girl, Kidnapped From California Business
Jasdeep Singh, Jasleen Kaur, and their baby Aroohi Dheri.   (Merced County Sheriff's Office)

Update: A person of interest in the disappearance of a California family is in custody and is in critical condition after trying to kill himself, police say. Authorities say 48-year-old Jesus Manuel Salgado's suicide attempt happened before law enforcement tracked him down, the Fresno Bee reports. Four family members, including an infant, who were taken against their will from a Merced County business Monday are still missing, authorities say. The Merced County Sheriff’s Office says Salgado was identified after he was seen on surveillance footage using an ATM card belonging to one of the family members, reports NBC. Our story from Monday follows:

Four family members were abducted from a family business in Merced County, California, Monday, and police are searching for a suspect they say is armed and dangerous. Jasleen Kaur, 27, Jasdeep Singh, 36, and their 8-month-old daughter Aroohi Dheri were kidnapped along with the baby's uncle, Amandeep Singh, 39. The four were "taken against their will" from a business on South Highway 59 in an unincorporated Central Valley community in the South Merced area; NBC News describes the roadway as being "lined with retailers and restaurants."

In a Facebook post, the Merced County Sheriff's Office shared a surveillance photo of the suspect, who is described as "a light-complected male with a shaved head" last seen wearing a hoodie and a surgical mask. Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke says that as far as authorities know, "no contact has been made nor ransom demands, nothing," leaving the motive unclear. The suspect (or, possibly, multiple suspects, per KCRA) is believed to have destroyed evidence in order to cover his tracks. Anyone who thinks they've spotted him, or any of the missing family members, is advised not to approach, but rather to call 911. Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call the sheriff's office at 209-385-7445. (More kidnapping stories.)

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