CORRECTION: An earlier image used showing a man using an ATM was not of the suspect. This error has been corrected.
MERCED COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – The Merced County Sheriff’s Office has identified a person of interest in the kidnapping of four family members from a business on Monday.
Officials said 48-year-old Jesus Manuel Salgado has been named as a person of interest in the kidnapping of 27-year-old Jasleen Kaur, 36-year-old Jasdeep Singh, 39-year-old Amandeep Singh, and eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri.
On Tuesday morning, investigators said they learned that one of the victim’s debit cards had been used at an ATM in Atwater.
Detectives said the person who used the card looked similar in appearance to a surveillance photo that was captured during the kidnapping.
Before Salgado was identified, officials revealed that he said he “did something very bad” and had tried to take his own life.
Salgado is currently in custody and is receiving treatment at a local hospital, where officials said he is in critical condition.
Officials said Salgado had carried out a similar crime in Merced County in the past.
Authorities are still working to find all four of the kidnapping victims.
Family members are trying to keep it together they are angry and frustrated that something like this could happen.
“I have six-year-old and nine-year-old kid, they are waiting for their dad,” said Jaspreet Singh, wife of victim Amandeep Singh. “Please I’m begging all of you.”
The family is still trying to understand why someone would take a part of their family.
“We’re trying to stick to our religion, our faith,” said cousin Sukh Bhela. “Sikhism, it talks about Chardi Kala, it talks about high spirits. That’s what is getting us through this.”
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a press conference at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday to provide updates on the case.
Anyone with information about the kidnapping or information about the victims’ whereabouts is asked to call the Merced County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 385-7547.