A man accused of kidnapping a family in California committed a similar crime

  • A man accused of kidnapping and murdering a California family terrorized another family 17 years ago.
  • A mother and daughter told the Los Angeles Times that Jesus Manuel Salgado robbed them at gunpoint in 2005.
  • Four family members, including an 8-month-old baby, were found dead Wednesday in central California.

A man accused of kidnapping and killing a family of four in central California terrorized another family 17 years ago.

A woman named Cathy and her daughter Katrina – who withheld their last names – told the Los Angeles Times that Jesus Manuel Salgado robbed them at gunpoint in their garage on December 19, 2005.

On Monday morning, 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri and her parents, Jasleen Kaur, 27, and Jasdeep Singh, 36, and the child’s uncle, Amandeep Singh, 39, were kidnapped at gunpoint from their family business in Merced of California. , according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office.

Their bodies were recovered from an almond tree near the town of Dos Palos after a farmer found them, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“My heart is broken for this family,” Katrina said of the murders.

Although a motive is unclear — investigators told KCRA they believe it may be money — the 48-year-old’s connection to Kathy and Katrina was similar to the Dheri family: Both had family trucking businesses that employed Salgado.

Kathy and Katrina told the news agency that on the night of Dec. 19, 2005, Salgado snuck up behind Kathy’s husband as he arrived at their Central Valley home and pulled a gun on him. He then held the family at gunpoint and demanded they hand over their cash and jewelery before making them jump into their backyard pool while he escaped.

Eventually, Salgado was caught and convicted of armed robbery, attempted false imprisonment and intimidation of a witness. He faced nearly 10 years in prison, LAT reported.

Merced’s kidnapping

Around 11:30 a.m. Monday, authorities responded to a call about a black 2020 Dodge Ram truck on fire, according to a statement. The Merced County Sheriff’s Department discovered the truck belonged to Amandeep Singh, who they were unable to contact.

The sheriff’s department decided to visit the family’s trucking business and noticed something was amiss, so they looked into the company’s security system, according to local outlet KCRA. Through this, they were able to see the kidnapping take place on video, according to the station. KCRA reported that Salgado was a former employee of the family’s business and had a previous feud with them.

On Tuesday the authorities identified Salgado as a person of interest after using a family member’s ATM cards that was hijacked at a bank in Atwater, California. Investigators said they obtained a surveillance photo of a person at the bank that was similar in appearance to the surveillance photo at the scene of the kidnapping.

The next day, Salgado was taken into custody after the department received information that identified him. The sheriff’s department did not say where they found Salgado, but said he tried to kill himself and had to get medical treatment at a hospital. On Thursday, police named him as a suspect in the kidnapping.

“There are no words right now to describe the anger I feel and the senselessness of this incident,” Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said during a press conference Wednesday night. “I said it earlier, there’s a special place in hell for this guy. And I mean it.”

Authorities said Salgado’s brother, Alberto Salgado, was also arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to the crime.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family. According to the page, the family were immigrants to America who “worked tirelessly for 18 years to achieve safety, security and community for themselves and their families.”

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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