San Jose: police identify child kidnapping suspects

SAN JOSE — Police have identified three suspects arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a three-month-old baby, prompting officers to launch a frantic search that has lasted more than 18 hours.

The manhunt began just after 1 p.m. Monday after police received a report of a missing child in the 1,000 block of Elm Street, two blocks from Bellarmine Preparatory College, according to a police press release. The child’s grandmother told police that after shopping, she briefly went outside to unload groceries from the car, and by the time she returned, Brandon Cuellar, who was wearing a long-sleeved white jumpsuit with a dinosaur print, was gone. It was. , the police said.

San Jose resident Jose Roman Portillo, 28, was identified as the man who was captured on CCTV footage walking down the street with an infant car seat in his hand and approaching the house. Police said he illegally entered the apartment and abducted the baby.

The woman, identified as 43-year-old San Jose resident Yesenia Guadalupe Ramirez, was named a “person of interest” during a police press conference on Tuesday. Detectives said that before the kidnapping, Ramirez took the baby and the child’s grandmother on business. Her statement to the police was changed several times during the interrogation, and the authorities considered her “suspicious”. Baldomeo Sandoval, 37, was also identified as a suspect, detained and interrogated. The police arrested both Ramirez and Sandoval. Authorities did not elaborate on the suspects’ connection to the family.

San Jose police arrested Portillo in San Jose after executing a search warrant on his home. Authorities said they found Brandon, who was healthy and unharmed, at Portillo’s home. The child was taken to a local hospital for a precautionary medical examination and was later reunited with his family.

Chris Martinez, director of operations at Canyon Springs Post Acute Care, located near the home where the child was found, said a colleague saw a gray Nissan parked outside their facility on Mather Drive around 8 a.m. and realized it matched the description. . vehicle wanted by the California Highway Patrol in connection with the kidnapping.

His colleague, who he says doesn’t want to speak to the press, checked the car. Upon seeing an empty car seat inside, Martinez said she called the San Jose Police Department, who arrived at the scene and blocked the car before turning their attention to a second car on the street.

The police found the child in a neighboring house, the child was placed in an ambulance and taken to the regional medical center. Martinez saw the authorities take the man into custody.

“We have been concerned citizens and we need to care more about not only what happens here, but also outside of our institution,” Martinez said.

The police department said it used every resource at its disposal to find the infant and received assistance from the FBI’s Child Abduction Response Team, the San Jose police sergeant said. Christian Camarillo. This included officers and agents going door to door in the area to look for possible witnesses.

“This incident is a parent’s worst nightmare, and we’re lucky it resulted in a positive outcome,” said San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata.