A 3-month-old baby who was kidnapped from his California home as his grandmother was unloading groceries was found safe by cops Tuesday morning, police said.
Brandon Cuellar was located by Bay Area cops less than 24 hours after a man was seen on surveillance video taking the baby from the family’s apartment in San Jose, police said.
Three suspects were taken into custody in what police believe was a premeditated kidnapping, police said.
“This was planned,” Sgt. Christian Camarillo told KTVU of the abduction. “This was not random.”
Police said the infant had gone missing around 1 p.m. Monday while he was being watched by his grandmother, who brought him inside and went back to the car to unload the groceries, Sgt. Christian Camarillo said.
In that “short amount of time,” a man walked into the apartment and left with baby Brandon, who was dressed in a long-sleeved onesie decorated with dinosaurs, cops said.
Police released surveillance footage that shows the male suspect walking down the sidewalk holding a black baby carrier with a white trim covered by a white blanket.
“The family does not recognize this suspect,” police said in an earlier tweet.
Police said baby Brandon was being cared for by his grandmother while his mother was at work, ABC7 reported. The boy’s father is currently in prison.
Earlier Tuesday, Camarillo told reporters that a woman who was with Brandon’s grandmother Monday had been detained as a “person of interest” over what authorities called “inconsistencies” in her statements to police about the kidnapping.
“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.”
Camarillo did not identify the woman, or comment on the alleged inconsistencies. It’s unclear whether this woman was among the three suspects who were taken into custody Tuesday morning.
FBI agents and authorities spent Monday night going door-to-door in the area and interviewing potential witnesses.
“We have some of the finest detectives in the nation. Nobody went home yesterday. In less than 24 hours [Brandon] was located, and three suspects are being held,” police said.
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