According to police, the investigation revealed that Portillo was the suspect who broke into the San Jose residence and abducted baby Brandon.
During the investigation, the detectives learned that before the kidnapping, Ramirez ran errands for the victim and the victim’s grandmother. Since Ramirez’s testimony changed several times, the detectives detained her as a defendant in the case.
Sandoval was identified as another suspect and was also questioned. Based on their statements and evidence obtained during the investigation, the detectives arrested both Ramirez and Sandoval.
This is the latest news. See an earlier version of our report below.
Three-month-old Brandon Cuellar was found Tuesday morning, nearly 24 hours after San Jose police said he was taken from his grandmother’s home.
The police were looking for the man seen on the security video, and it was the tip that finally brought Brandon home.
It was just after 1:00 pm on a Monday when baby Brandon Cuellar went missing.
His grandmother told police that she was unloading groceries with a 3-month-old baby in the house.
Asking the public for help on Monday evening, police released CCTV footage of a man with a baby stroller casually walking down Elm Street. And in exclusive footage shared with ABC7 News, timestamps show the same man leaving, and then leaving just five minutes later.
“Right then and there, I thought that was the guy,” neighbor Mark Arce said.
Arce’s surveillance camera gave us the only opportunity to see the kidnapping, which played an important role in the police investigation.
“You can just say when he walked towards the house or apartment, it was light,” Arce described. “And as he walked back, it felt like there was some weight there.”
The kidnapping led to a massive search for the baby, which involved the FBI.
The three suspects are now in custody and have some connection to the family, although police have not specified.
“Detectives still have a lot to do,” says SJPD Assist. This was announced to journalists by the chief of police on Tuesday. “So I would not like to give any information that could, you know, interfere with this investigation.”
Largely thanks to a nursing home employee whose facility is across the street from the home where Brandon was found.
“One of my employees who works here felt a little suspicious and saw something out of the ordinary,” said Chris Martinez, operations director of the facility. His employee wished to remain anonymous and did not want to speak to reporters.
What she saw was a van, a silver 2011 Nissan Quest with a distinct sticker on the rear window.
Around 4:50 a.m., the California Highway Patrol tweeted a photo, description, and license plate of the van.
The tweet was later deleted when the San Jose Police told ABC7 News they couldn’t confirm the CHP information.
It is still unknown why there was a communication failure between the two agencies.
But the tweet lasted long enough for information about this vehicle to surface, and that’s what made this employee notice the van.
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Martinez was there right after this employee called the police and witnessed what happened.
“(She) saw that something was wrong. She saw the car, called the San Jose police,” Martinez said. and they blocked the car both in front and behind and went to the house of the alleged suspect, at which point they broke into the house.”
Maria Alvarado, who has a three-month-old baby, says she lives right under the house that was broken into by the police.
She said in Spanish that she was shocked to hear such a noise near her house and the police. Not believing that the missing 3 month old baby was so close.
At least five officers wearing “San Jose Police Gang Squad” vests were seen at the scene Monday morning with evidence from the house.
The police did not specify why the special team was there.
They say one of the three suspects in custody includes the man seen in the security video. A woman who was with the child’s grandmother before his abduction was also detained.
Police say the initial investigation shows a connection between the family and the suspects.
They say the investigation into what happened and how the baby spent the last 20 hours is ongoing.
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The College Park neighborhood of Elm Street came to a near standstill Monday night after investigators and police fled the apartment where Brandon, three months old, was kidnapped.
On Tuesday morning, the neighbors woke up to the much-needed good news that young Brandon had been found unharmed.
“As soon as I found out that the baby had been found, I just cried,” neighbor Stephanie said.
“We were talking all night how it happened, updating Twitter, is everything okay?” said neighbor Cassandra Ramirez. “So this morning I just turned on the news and it was good news. I tremble talking about it. Just a relief and certainly overflowing with a lot of emotion and happiness.”
Knowing it was so easy to kidnap a child caused fear in Stephanie’s neighbour, a neighbor who didn’t want to be on camera.
“When we found out it was a kidnapping of a three-month-old baby, I just couldn’t imagine,” Stephanie said. “My heart beat in sync, it became restless. I just couldn’t take my mind off it. Went out for dinner, still couldn’t get distracted because the baby was missing.”
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From sadness and fear to excitement and relief, as the neighbors were overjoyed to hear that the child was back with his family again.
“I am very happy for my mother, for the family,” said neighbor Leandra Duran. “It’s scary, but it’s nice that he, too, was found safe in a short amount of time.”
“Welcome home baby Brandon!” Ramirez said.
The other neighbors are still trying to figure out the kidnapping, which they say appears to be targeted.
“When they said that the child was taken away, it was very hard for me. Because I have many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren,” said a family neighbor from below, who asked to be identified only as Elva.
She added that every aspect of the case made her emotional.
“Who could enter your house with a small crib to carry this child?” Elva asked: “Who could be so brave? Who could be so ugly?”
Baby Brandon is now safe with his family, who told the police he wanted their privacy and didn’t speak during this time.
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