THE suspect’s brother, who is alleged to have kidnapped and murdered a family of four, including an eight-month-old girl, has been arrested.
Alberto Salgado was arrested by police on Friday, just days after his brother Jesus Manuel Salgado was arrested on Wednesday shortly after attempting suicide.
The Merced Sheriff’s Office alleges that Alberto helped his brother kill the family.
Alberto was charged with criminal conspiracy, aiding and abetting, and destruction of evidence.
Meanwhile, his brother Salgado was booked into the Merced County Jail Thursday and charged with four counts of murder and four counts of kidnapping.
The California family has since been identified as married couple Jasleen Kaur, 27, and Jasdeep Singh, 36, their eight-month-old daughter Aroohi Dheri, and the wife’s brother Amandeep Singh, 39.
The bodies of all four family members were found in an orchard on Wednesday.
Horrifying surveillance footage showed Salgado — who previously worked in the family’s truck business two years ago — allegedly kidnapping the family at gunpoint from their shop in Northern California.
The alleged kidnapper wore a medical mask over his face as he escorted her from the South Highway 59 store to a waiting car.
The Singh siblings appeared to have their hands tied behind their backs as they were forced into the vehicle while Kaur was allowed to carry their child.
A farm worker discovered the bodies at gunpoint days after the abduction in an “extremely” rural and remote area of Merced County.
Victim spokespersons confirmed Thursday that the problems began after Salgado was deployed out of state two years ago.
“When he came back they had a little argument with the owners and the truck drivers so I think he got so angry and did this action after almost two years,” Edwin Kainth told NBC Bay Area.
The family had opened the office for their company Unison Trucking Inc just a week earlier, family members told local news outlet KXTV.
A motive for the kidnapping has yet to be determined.
The Associated Press reported that the kidnapper made no ransom demands.
Salgado was previously convicted of first-degree robbery involving the use of a firearm in Merced County, attempting false incarceration and attempting to prevent or dissuade a victim or witness, the AP reported.
In that case, a judge sentenced him to 11 years in state prison and was released in 2015.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6391901/update-merced-family-murders-suspects-brother-arrested/ Big update after the Merced family was kidnapped and murdered by a former employee as the suspect’s brother was also arrested