Three suspects have been arrested, accused of kidnapping a three-month-old while his grandmother unloaded groceries, including a female ‘family friend’ who drove the woman and baby to run errands the same day.
Brandon Cuellar was snatched from an apartment in San Jose, California, Monday during the day. The baby was recovered unharmed and healthy on Tuesday, according to the San Jose Police Department
‘Baby Brandon has been located,’ the Department tweeted Tuesday, adding that he would be ‘taken to a local hospital as a precaution but he has been located alive.’ They did not elaborate on where the boy was found or his condition.
‘A million thank yous to all who assisted.’
A suspect walked into a home in the 1000 block of Elm Street at around 1 p.m. Monday and left with the young boy. Police released video that shows the man walking down the sidewalk holding a baby carrier covered by a white blanket.
Yesenia Guadalupe Ramirez of San Jose, 43, was detained Monday as a ‘person of interest’ after her statement to police changed several times when they interviewed her. She was present when the child was taken.
San Jose Police spokesman Sgt. Christian Camarillo told reporters Tuesday that she was with Brandon’s grandmother when an unknown man snatched the infant.
‘This was a person who was with the grandmother yesterday when they went shopping, she was present at the apartment complex when this happened,’ he said. ‘There have been some inconsistencies with what she has told us. Obviously, drawing our attention to what she knows about this.’
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Jose Roman Portillo, 28 (left), Yesenia Guadalupe Ramirez, 43 (center) and Baldomeo Sandoval, 37 (right), were arrested in connection to the kidnapping of 3-month-old Brandon Cuellar from inside a San Jose apartment while his grandmother was unloading groceries from her car outside
Brandon Cuellar (pictured) was snatched around 1 pm on Monday from an apartment in San Jose – he was recovered about 20 hours later
The three-month-old was found on Tuesday, police announced
He was taken to a local hospital out of precaution
Then, police said, Baldomeo Sandoval of San Jose, 37, was identified as another person of interest and interviewed. Both Ramirez and Sandoval were arrested Monday.
The next day, the San Jose Police Department Covert Response Unit, MERGE Unit and Robbery Unit Detectives carried out a search warrant at the home of the third suspect, Jose Roman Portillo, 28, of San Jose.
There, they found Brandon, 20 hours after he was reported missing.
‘This incident is a parent’s worst nightmare, and we are fortunate that we have the best department in the nation that helped bring forward a positive outcome. This case yet again highlights the dedication and commitment of our women and men who go above and beyond every day to keep our community safe,’ said Chief of Police Anthony Mata.
In a news conference on Wednesday morning, Camarillo said that Ramirez was a family friend, and that the kidnappers’ motives are still under investigation.
‘There is a human component aspect to this incident,’ he said, according to ABC7. ‘Mom is very traumatized right now. She needs her space.’
The San Jose Police Department did not return DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Camarillo said the baby’s mother was at work at the time and his father is in jail.
‘Dad right now is out of the picture. He is incarcerated. I don’t know, you know, whether that is going to play into this, but obviously we are going to talk to him soon,’ Camarillo said Monday. It’s unclear why the father is in jail.
One of the suspects walked into a home in the 1000 block of Elm Street at around 1 p.m. Monday and left with the young boy
Police released a video clip that shows the man walking down the sidewalk holding a baby carrier covered by a white blanket
Authorities did not issue an Amber Alert because investigators did not have a vehicle description.
In the early hours of the investigation, officers and FBI agents went door-to-door in the neighborhood to appeal for witnesses or information.