A Sikh family, including an 8-month-old child, was kidnapped at gunpoint from a central petrol station. California By the man who destroyed evidence to cover his tracks, officials and community organizations said Tuesday.
Merced County Sheriff Vernon Warnke said the man took baby Alohi Deli. Child’s mother, Jasleen Kaur, 27. Her father Jasdeep Singh, 36 years old. Uncle Amandeep Singh (39 years old) on Monday.
“There’s no motive behind it. We just know they’re gone,” Warnke said in a briefing posted on the division’s Facebook page.
Warnke said the kidnappers robbed the family of a business in the city of Merced, 125 miles southeast of San Francisco, without demanding a ransom or contacting them of any kind.
Warnke did not specify what business the family was taken from, but Naindeep Singh, executive director of the Jakara Movement, a Punjabi-speaking Sikh community organization in central California, said they family members told him they had been taken from a gas station and a convenience store.
“They were shocked and worried about their families and babies. They are very sad,” said Naindeep Singh.
He said his family wanted privacy.
The sheriff’s office has released two still images from surveillance footage of a suspected suspect and has asked the public to help identify him. He is seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark shorts, and a light blue disposable face mask.
The sheriff said detectives believed the kidnappers destroyed unspecified evidence in an attempt to cover their tracks.
Firefighters found Amandeep Singh’s pickup truck in flames on Monday, the sheriff’s office said in a statement Tuesday. When they lost contact with the family, they called the Merced County Sheriff’s Office to report them missing, the office said.
The sheriff’s office said the FBI, the California Department of Justice and other local law enforcement agencies are assisting with the investigation.
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