MERCED, California– Authorities in Merced County have arrested the alleged kidnapper’s brother after four kidnapped family members were found dead in a rural northern California almond orchard.
Alberto Salgado was arrested Thursday night on criminal conspiracy, aiding and abetting and destruction of evidence charges, the county sheriff’s office said.
His brother, 48-year-old Jesus Manuel Salgado, was arrested on Tuesday. He was booked into the Merced County Jail Thursday on four counts of murder and four counts of kidnapping, authorities said.
Eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri and her parents – mother Jasleen Kaur, 27, and father Jasdeep Singh, 36 – were taken from a store against their will on Monday, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said. The baby’s uncle, 39-year-old Amandeep Singh, was also kidnapped, the sheriff said.
The sheriff called it “terribly pointless.”
Jesus Salgado attempted suicide Tuesday “prior to law enforcement involvement” and received medical attention, delaying investigators’ ability to speak to him, the sheriff’s office said. Warnke said on Wednesday evening that investigators spoke to him. The interviews ran on Thursday
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https://abc13.com/merced-county-family-kidnapped-found-dead-taken-from-business-vern-warnke-confirms/12303197/ Merced County kidnapping suspect’s brother has been arrested on conspiracy charges after 4 family members were found dead, sheriff says