Kidnapped San Jose infant Brandon Alexis Cuellar found; 3 suspects in custody – CBS San Francisco

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – The kidnapped three-month-old Brandon Alexis Cuellar was located by San Jose police early Tuesday and three suspects were remanded in custody who police said were linked to the child’s family.

The detainees include a masked man seen on surveillance video with a baby carrier and a woman who had been detained hours before as a “person of interest” in the case.

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San Jose Assistant Police Chief Paul Joseph said investigators believe they have the male suspect seen on a surveillance video in custody.

“We know there is a connection to the family, but we do not know exactly what that connection is,” he said. “It will be decided during the course of the investigation.”

Joseph said that “the baby was in good condition, was checked out at a local hospital but unharmed.”

At a press conference at 9 in the morning, San Jose police spokesman Sgt. Christian Camarillo said the woman was with the abducted child’s grandmother before the infant was taken.

“This was a person who was with the grandmother yesterday when they went shopping, she was present in the apartment complex when this happened,” he told reporters. “There have been some inconsistencies with what she has told us. It is clear to draw our attention to what she knows about this.”

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Camarillo did not reveal what, if anything, relationship the woman may have had with the man who was seen leaving the complex with the child in a baby carrier. He said the suspect had the carrier with him and called the abduction “something planned, deliberate.”

He also could not confirm whether the abduction was related to a family dispute.

Meanwhile, an FBI forensic team swarmed early Tuesday over an apartment complex in San Jose and the surrounding neighborhood, looking for clues in the abduction.

The CHP tweeted a photo and a description of a possible suspect vehicle, but within an hour Camarillo asked for it to be removed, saying “it will compromise” their investigation.

“Our agency will provide the most accurate timely information,” the SJPD tweeted. “We are actively working with leads. We know there is a need for information, but we also need to preserve the integrity of this study. The number one unshakable goal is to get baby Brandon home.”

CHP deleted their tweet.

San Jose police said they received the call of the kidnapping from a 1,000-acre apartment off Elm Street around 1 p.m. Monday.

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Investigators tweeted photos and video out of a male suspect seen entering the residence in surveillance video and walking away with the baby in what appeared to be a carrier covered with a blanket.

The family did not recognize the suspect described as a “dark” Latin American man wearing black pants, a dark blue shirt, gray shoes with white trim, a gray baseball hat and a black face mask. The suspect also has short hair.

The harness is black with a white blanket. The baby, Alexis Cuellar, was wearing a white long-sleeved onesie with gray dinosaurs on.

According to investigators, the baby was monitored by his grandmother while his mother was at work. The grandmother had taken the child into an apartment after shopping for groceries. After going back to her car to pick up more groceries, she returned a few moments later and the baby was gone.

The child’s father is currently in jail, but investigators said they did not know if the father who was jailed played into the kidnapping. They would talk to him soon.

“Right now we have all the resources available, not just out in the field, but here in the police department working on this case,” said SJPD Sgt. Christian Camarillo during the press briefing.

“She took the baby to the apartment, went downstairs to unload some groceries, in a short time someone came into the apartment, you have the pictures and video of this person and left with the baby,” said Camarillo.

Later on Monday, the FBI began making resources available and sending agents from its child abduction response team to the scene. They carefully searched the apartment building for clues.

A cash reward was offered for any information that led to the safe recovery of the baby and the arrest of the suspect.

Authorities asked everyone living in the Elm Street area where the baby was taken to check their video surveillance cameras around 6 p.m. 13.00, who could have caught the suspect.

Police have set up the following hotlines to call with information about the case with officers nearby:

  • 408-537-1142
  • 408-537-1916
  • 408-537-1282
  • 408-537-1522
  • 408-537-9066

Meanwhile, parents in the neighborhood are holding their kids a little harder.

“I have two children and I feel bad about the mother. I need to pay more attention to my children, they like to play outside and run outside,” said a neighbor.

“As a mom, I can say wow, I do not know how they feel, how the family feels, I can not imagine,” said Laura Torres.

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“My big daughter plays over there every day, so now my big daughter is very scared so she stays at home,” said Jasvir Rai, who lives in the area.

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