Four family members, including an 8-month-old baby, were abducted from a shop on Monday, authorities said.
Jasdeep Singh and Jasleen Kaur were kidnapped along with their baby daughter Aroohi Dheri “against their will” in Merced, California. Amandeep Singh, the baby’s uncle, was also kidnapped.
The family was kidnapped from the store at gunpoint. The Merced County Sheriff’s Office said they believe the attacker is still armed and dangerous.
The sheriff’s office did not say which store the family was taken from, only that it was located on the 800 block of California Highway 59.
Sheriff Vern Warnke said investigators had no idea why the family was being targeted. “We have no motivation behind it. All we know is that they’re gone,” he said in a message posted to Facebook on Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office also released photos of a possible suspect seen on security camera footage wearing a black hoodie and a blue surgical mask to cover his face.
The sheriff said he was fair complexion and had a shaved head.
It’s unclear if the sheriff’s office is looking for a suspect or suspects in the case. “We have evidence to identify the individuals involved in this destroyed evidence to cover their tracks,” Warnke said in his message on Tuesday.
Warnke said the sheriff’s office deployed investigators to search the area while also searching with planes overhead.
“As far as I know, no contact has been made, no ransom demands, nothing from the suspect,” he said.
Warnke urged anyone with information about the crime or the suspect to contact the sheriff’s office. “We have to get this family home safely,” he said.
Merced is a city of approximately 86,000 people in rural California’s Central Valley region. It is approximately 110 miles south of Sacramento and 55 miles northwest of Fresno.
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