Merced County police urge public to help trace 4 kidnapped family members, including 8-month-old infant

Merced County police urge public to help trace 4 kidnapped family members, including 8-month-old infant
Baby Aroohi Dheri (L) with her parents, Jasleen Kaur and Jasdeep Singh, and uncle Amandeep Singh (R) were reportedly abducted from the South Merced Area of Merced County (Merced County Sheriff's Office)

MERCED COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: Law enforcement officials have requested people to help them in finding a family, which included a baby, who were reportedly abducted Monday morning, October 3, from a business along the 800 block of South Highway 59. The names of the reported kidnapped victims have been released as eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her 27-year-old mother Jasleen Kaur, father Jasdeep Singh, 36, and the child’s 39-year-old uncle Amandeep Singh.

As per Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke, the accused, whose identity is not yet known yet, is a treacherous person. Warnke also claimed that the alleged kidnapper is in possession of a weapon, advising people to not speak to him or engage him in any way, directly. Instead, people have been asked to call 911or the Merced County Sheriff’s Office (209)385-7445 if they see him or the family.

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The Sheriff reportedly said in a video message, “No contact has been made, nor ransom demands. Nothing from the suspect in this. We need your help. We've got detectives out canvassing. We've got aircraft out looking for evidence. People are gonna be working 24 hours on this until we get a break in this. We're asking for your help. We need your help. And we've gotta bring this family home safely.”

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The Merced County Sheriff's Office in a Facebook post shared photographs of the suspect. The post added, “We believe this to be the suspect in today's kidnapping. He is described as a light-complected male with a shaved head. He was last seen wearing a hoodie. We consider the suspect to be armed and dangerous. If you see this person, please call 9.1.1. and do not approach him or the victims. We're asking that anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect to contact the Merced County Sheriff's Office Investigations Bureau at 209.385.7445.”

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Meanwhile, people expressed their anger and concern below the authorities’ social media share. A Facebook user commented, “Father God we ask that you dispatch your Angel's to encompass and surround this family with their protective wings.” Another user wrote, “I believe police should release more information for suspect, car he took them, or anymore information for public to help them.. issue a state wise amber alert with the information as quickly as possible.”

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“Suspect: Black tennis shoes, black socks, black mid calf shorts. If I saw that combination on a guy in public, I would do a second look. You don't see that everyday. This guy is evidence aware. He likely has a criminal history,” the third user noted and the fourth one added: Guy looks like he has a tattoo on his leg. I hope they are able to see it in the footage. I pray the family is found safe!! 🙏🙏🙏”

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