California: Family, including 8-month-old baby, kidnapped at gunpoint

Jasleen Kaur, Jasdeep Singh, Aroohi Dheri and Amandeep Singh were kidnapped from a store in Merced, California on Monday

Jasleen Kaur, Jasdeep Singh, Aroohi Dheri and Amandeep Singh were kidnapped from a store in Merced, Calif. on Monday (Image: AP/Merced County Sheriff’s Office)

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.

This surveillance image provided by the Merced County Sheriff's Office shows a possible suspect that the Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in identifying him. Central California sheriff's officers released photos of the possible suspect in the kidnapping of four family members, including an 8-month-old child. The Merced County Sheriff's Office said the child's mother, father and uncle were kidnapped against their will at gunpoint on Monday, October 3, 2022 from a store in the city of Merced, California. (Merced County Sheriff's Office via AP)

This surveillance image provided by the Merced County Sheriff’s Office shows a possible suspect that the sheriff’s department is asking for the public’s help in identifying (Image: AP)

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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