SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — A 3-month-old baby who was kidnapped from his San Francisco Bay Area home was found Tuesday and three suspects were detained, police said.
“Baby Brandon will be taken to a local hospital as a precaution but he has been located alive,” a tweet stated. “A million thank you’s to all who assisted. More to follow.”
The announcement came shortly after police told reporters that a woman had been detained as “a person of interest” in the case after what authorities called inconsistencies in her statements to police about the kidnapping. Authorities then said that three suspects overall were detained but did not disclose whether the woman was among the suspects.
Police had been searching for a man who kidnapped the 3-month-old baby Monday afternoon. Police said the suspect entered a residence in the 1000 block of Elm Street and left with the infant. The family did not recognize the suspect.
The woman taken into custody, who has not been identified, was with the child’s grandmother before little Brandon Cuellar was abducted Monday by an unknown man, San Jose Police spokesman Sgt. Christian Camarillo told reporters Tuesday.
“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.”
Police released a video showing the man walking down the sidewalk holding the baby carrier covered by a white blanket.
The suspect is a Hispanic male who was wearing black pants, a dark blue shirt, gray shoes with white trim, a gray baseball hat and a black face mask. The baby carrier was black with a white blanket.
Images of Brandon Cuellar and his kidnapper from the San Jose Police Department.
Early Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol released a description of a vehicle possibly used by the suspect.
Subsequently, SJPD stated to KRON4, “We cannot confirm any information regarding a CHP tweet about a possible suspect vehicle involved in the child abduction case. That information would not be for public dissemination. We will provide an update with the latest information via Twitter or to your News desks as the investigation progresses.”
The CHP then took down the tweet, which had described the vehicle as a 2011 Silver Nissan Quest.
A police officer confirmed to KRON4 on Tuesday morning that a car was being towed in connection with the case.
Camarillo said the baby’s mother was at work when the abduction happened.
“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.