Los Angeles: An Indian-origin family of four, including an eight-month-old child, has been abducted in California, police said, and warned the suspect is armed and considered dangerous.
The family from Central Valley was abducted in Merced County on Monday.
They were identified as eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her 27-year-old mother Jasleen Kaur, her 36-year-old father Jasdeep Singh, and her 39-year-old uncle Amandeep Singh.
The sheriff’s office released two images of a person they believe to be the abductor, describing him as having a shaved head and wearing a hoodie.
The baby and her parents were abducted first, the authorities said. A fourth relative was also taken from a family business in an unincorporated community in the Central Valley community, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Monday evening.
Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said that investigators were unsure of a motive but that authorities believe the abductor destroyed evidence to cover his tracks.
“So far as I know no contact has been made nor ransom demands, nothing, from the suspects in this,” he said. “We need your help.”
“We consider the suspect to be armed and dangerous,” the sheriff’s office said.
"We have a lowlife out there that kidnapped an eight-month-old baby, her mom, her dad and her uncle. So far... we have no motivation behind it. We just know they are gone,” said Sheriff Warnke.
Deputies said the investigation is in its early stages.
They asked the public to approach the sheriff’s office if they see the suspect.