Alberto Selgado: Merced fatal kidnapping suspect Jesus Salgado's brother arrested for conspiracy

Alberto Selgado: Merced fatal kidnapping suspect Jesus Salgado's brother arrested for conspiracy
Alberto Salgado (L) brother of Jesus Manuel Salgado (R) arrested and booked into the Merced County Jail. (Merced County Sheriff's Office)

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MERCED COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: The brother of Jesus Selgado suspected of abducting and murdering four members of a California Sikh family was arrested, according to authorities on Friday, October 7. As per a statement from the department, Merced County Sheriff's deputies took 41-year-old Alberto Salgado into custody on October 6 on suspicion of criminal conspiracy, accessory, and destroying evidence, according to NBC news.

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Jesus Salgado, 48, was arrested in connection with the kidnapping and killing of a California Sikh family of four. Officials said Jesus was apprehended on Tuesday, October 4, after attempting suicide. According to authorities, he has been unable to speak with investigators due to his medical condition. He is suspected of abducting infant Aroohi Dheri, her parents Jasleen Kaur, 27, and Jasdeep Singh, 36, as well as her uncle Amandeep Singh, 39, on Monday morning, October 3. Their bodies were found on Wednesday night, October 5, near a farm.

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Sheriff Vern Warnke of Merced said Jesus was allegedly involved in the kidnapping that was captured on surveillance cameras from the beginning of the investigation. He was captured on surveillance video leading the Singh brothers, who had their hands zip-tied into the back of Amandeep Singh’s pickup truck and then drove off. He allegedly returned several minutes later and led Jasleen Kaur with her baby in her arms from the trailer into the truck and again drove off. Hours later, the same truck was found on fire in a nearby town.

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As per the GoFundMe page, "They are survived by Aroohi’s grandparents, Randhir Singh and Kirpal Kaur, Aman’s wife, Jaspreet Kaur (Jass) their children Ekam (6 years) and Seerat (9 years). Amandeep Singh's widow, Jaspreet Singh set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to support the family and wrote, "This is the story of our shared American dream gone wrong;  As immigrants to America, they worked tirelessly for 18 years to achieve safety, security, and community for themselves and their families. Aman and Jasdeep were the primary bread earners for the family, supported their elderly parents, and lived under one roof. She continued, "We are grateful for the prayers, and tremendous support shown to us by our community." While nothing can fill this void, your prayers and donations will support the upbringing and education of Ekam (6), and Seerat (9) and provide financial relief to Jass, Randhir, and Kirpal in these difficult times."

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