Terrifying update on the Merced kidnapping as uncanny similarities between fatal kidnapping and suspect’s previous crimes were uncovered

Uncanny similarities between the deadly kidnapping of the Merced family and the suspect’s previous crimes have been uncovered.

Jesus Manuel Salgado, 48, has been arrested for murder and kidnapping after four members of a California family, including a baby, were found dead in a field.

Suspect Jesus Manuel Salgado was arrested for murder and kidnapping

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Suspect Jesus Manuel Salgado was arrested for murder and kidnappingCredit: AP
Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke spoke at a news conference about the kidnapping

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Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke spoke at a news conference about the kidnappingCredit: AP
Babaji Karamjit Singh, center, a Sikh priest from Peach Ave Gurudwara, prays during a candlelight vigil

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Babaji Karamjit Singh, center, a Sikh priest from Peach Ave Gurudwara, prays during a candlelight vigilCredit: AP

Salgado is accused of kidnapping and killing Jasleen Kaur, 27, her eight-month-old baby girl Aroohi Dheri, the baby’s father Jasdeep Singh, 36, and the baby’s uncle Amandeep Singh, 39.

Their bodies were found in an almond orchard in a remote area of ​​California’s San Joaquin Valley two days after they were abducted by a farm worker late Wednesday, authorities said.

The horrific deaths have prompted two women to tell the Los Angeles Times how they were terrorized by Salgado 17 years ago.

It has now emerged that Salgado was previously convicted of first-degree robbery involving the use of a firearm in Merced County.

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Bodies of a kidnapped family, including an 8-month-old baby, were found

He was also found guilty of attempted false imprisonment and attempting to dissuade or dissuade a victim or witness after holding a family he worked for at gunpoint and forcing them to obey his orders .

Salgado worked for the family’s trucking company but was fired in 2004 because the family suspected he was stealing money, members of the Times said.

On the night of December 19, 2005, he showed up at her home wearing a mask.

Pointing a gun to the father’s head and tying his hands with duct tape, Salgado recalled the victim’s then-16-year-old daughter Katrina and asked the newspaper not to use her last name.

Salgado then rounded up the family, as well as a pal of Katrina’s who was visiting at the time.

He took her to the garage, where the family kept a safe containing cash and jewelry, she and her mother, Kathy, said.

“I was so scared,” Kathy recalled, adding, “and I expected to hear the shot as soon as it was open.”

After brutally robbing them and even taking Kathy’s wedding ring, Salgado led the terrified family to the backyard pool and made them jump in as he escaped, the women said.

But he was caught just days later after the family reported him to the police.

Four family members, including an eight-month-old baby, were found dead following their kidnapping last week, police said

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Four family members, including an eight-month-old baby, were found dead following their kidnapping last week, police said
Cops say suspect Jesus Manuel Salgado attempted suicide

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Cops say suspect Jesus Manuel Salgado attempted suicide “prior to law enforcement involvement.”Credit: AP
Terrifying footage showed the family being evicted from a store at gunpoint

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Terrifying footage showed the family being evicted from a store at gunpoint

In 2007, Salgado was sentenced to 11 years in state prison for robbery.

However, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, he was released in 2015 and paroled three years later.

He also has a conviction for possession of a controlled substance, the department said.

Salgado’s relatives contacted the authorities and said he had allegedly admitted to them his involvement in the kidnapping in Merced on Monday.

He tried to take his own life before police arrived at a house in nearby Atwater – where an ATM card belonging to one of the victims was used after the fatal kidnapping.

CANDLELIGHT VICKET

The victims were Punjabi Sikhs, a community heavily represented in central California’s trucking business.

Hundreds of people held lit candles and formed a circle around enlarged photos of the victims at a vigil Thursday night in downtown Merced.

Jaspreet Kaur, widow of Amandeep Singh, wrote on a GoFund Me fundraising page: “This is the story of our shared American Dream gone awry.

“Our loving family was forcibly taken away from us on October 3.”

Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said he believes the family was killed shortly after they were kidnapped from their store.

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The suspect’s younger brother, Alberto Salgado, 41, was arrested on suspicion of helping him destroy evidence, authorities said on Friday.

He was charged with criminal conspiracy, aiding and abetting and destruction of evidence, sheriffs said.

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