The baby, Brandon Cuellar, was taken to a local hospital as a precaution but is unharmed and in good condition, police said. He will be returned to his family within a few hours.
Police say the people arrested in this case have a connection to the baby’s family but are not releasing their names at this time. They believe one of the people in custody is indeed the man seen taking baby Brandon on video.
A woman was detained Tuesday as a “person of interest” after what authorities called inconsistencies in her statements to police about the kidnapping of Brandon by a stranger a day earlier, police said.
The woman, 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.
“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.”
The man entered a San Jose apartment at about 1 p.m. Monday and walked away with the infant in a baby carrier, police said.
Police released a video showing the man walking down the sidewalk holding the baby carrier covered by a white blanket.
VIDEO: SJPD gives update on 3-month-old kidnapped from home
“The family does not recognize this suspect,” police tweeted.
Camarillo told reporters Monday that the kidnapping was reported by the baby’s grandmother.
“According to the grandmother, she came home to this apartment…. She took the baby in the apartment, went downstairs to unload some groceries,” Camarillo said. “In that short amount of time someone entered the apartment … and left with the baby.”
** Kidnapping Incident**
Officers are currently working this incident. The male you see in these images captured from a surveillance camera entered a residence in the 1000 block of Elm St.
He left with a 3 month old baby. The family does not recognize this suspect. pic.twitter.com/BJ0R44JOP2
— San José Police Media Relations (@SJPD_PIO) April 26, 2022
Brandon was last seen wearing a white long-sleeved onesie with dinosaurs.
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.
He said it is hard to make out the man who took the baby because he was wearing a mask.
“We need the public’s help right now in San Jose to find this baby. Today someone is walking around with a 3-month-old baby that they did not have yesterday,” he said.
The FBI dispatched its child abduction response team to help San Jose police, he said.
ABC7 News contributed to this report.
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