CA BRANDON CUELLAR: Missing from San Jose, CA - 25 April 2022 - Age 3 months *Found Safe*

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California police, FBI search for baby abducted by stranger​

California authorities and the FBI searched Tuesday for a 3-month-old baby who was taken from his San Francisco Bay Area home by a stranger, police said.

The man entered a San Jose apartment around 1 p.m. Monday and walked away with little Brandon Cuellar in a baby carrier, police said.

“We are actively working leads,” the San Jose Police Department tweeted early Tuesday. “We know there is a need for information, but we also need to maintain the integrity of this investigation. The number one unwavering goal is to get baby Brandon home.”

Police released a video showing the man walking down the sidewalk holding the baby carrier covered by a white blanket.

“The family does not recognize this suspect,” police tweeted.

Sgt. Christian 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.”


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.

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Stranger kidnapped baby from San Jose home while grandmother was unloading groceries, police say​

A suspect caught on video taking a baby boy from his San Jose apartment kidnapped the infant while his grandmother was unloading groceries, police said in a press conference Monday.

Police say the boy's grandmother who had been watching him while his mother was at work, called around 1 p.m. to report the child had been taken. They say she took 3-month-old Brandon Cuellar inside a bedroom while she was unloading groceries from her car. In a matter of a few minutes, the infant was taken and gone, according to police.

Police released a video clip that shows the man walking down the sidewalk holding a baby carrier covered by a white blanket.

"The family does not recognize this suspect," police said in a Twitter post.

On Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol released an image on Twitter of a possible suspect vehicle believed to be related to the case. However, the photo and tweet were apparently taken down a short time later.

FBI Child Abduction Response Team is now involved in the investigation and every resource is being used to find Cuellar.


 

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UPDATE: Person Of Interest Detained In Kidnapping Of Infant Brandon Alexis Cuellar​

A woman was detained as a ‘person of interest’ early Tuesday after “inconsistencies” in her statements to San Jose police regarding the kidnapping of three-month-old Brandon Alexis Cuellar.

San Jose police spokesman Sgt. Christian Camarillo said the woman was with the abducted child’s grandmother before the child was taken.

“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 told reporters. “These has been some inconsistencies with what she has told us. Obviously, drawing our attention to what she knows about this.”

Camarillo did not disclose what, if any, relationship the woman may have had to the man seen leaving the complex with the child in a baby carrier. He said the suspect brought the carrier with him, calling the abduction “something planned, premediated.”


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Unusual. It seems they are onto who, let's just hope the baby is safe. I'm thinking/praying there is a good chance he is. You don't bring a carrier and take a baby alive for too many reasons...

I sure wonder what the "whys" are here... And who of course...
 

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3-month-old, kidnapped as grandmother unloaded groceries in California, is found alive, police say​

Police in Northern California have found a 3-month-old baby who was allegedly kidnapped from his family's apartment Monday as his grandmother was unloading groceries from her car.

"Baby Brandon has been located. He will be taken to a local hospital for an evaluation," the San Jose Police Department announced Tuesday on Twitter.

"Three suspects in custody, charges and additional information forthcoming. We thank all who helped by sharing the tweets."


“We have some of the finest detectives in the nation. Nobody went home yesterday. In less than 24 hours he was located, and three suspects are being held,” San Jose police said Tuesday. "Thank you FBI. We appreciate all the help."
 

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Now, three suspects are in custody.

In large part thanks to an employee of a nursing home employee whose facility is just across the street from a home where Brandon was found.

"One of my employees that works here felt a little bit suspicious and saw something that was out of character," said Chris Martinez who is the facility's director of operations. His employee wished to be unnamed and did not want to speak to reporters.

What she saw was a van, a silver 2011 Nissan Quest with a distinct sticker on the back window.

Around 4:50 a.m. California Highway Patrol tweeted out a picture, description and license plate of the van.

That tweet was later deleted with San Jose police telling ABC7 News that they couldn't confirm the CHP information.

It's still unknown why the two agencies had the breakdown in communication.

But the tweet was up long enough for that vehicle information to come out and is what led that employee to notice the van.

Martinez was there just after that employee called the police and witnessed what happened.

"(She) saw that something was a little bit out of place. She saw the vehicle, she made a call to San Jose P.D.," Martinez said, "Eventually, then the San Jose Police Department did show up and they went right over and they blocked the vehicle both the front and the back and they went to the alleged suspect's house and at that point, they went they invaded the home."


They say one of the three suspects in custody includes the man seen in that surveillance video. A woman who was with the child's grandmother before he was abducted was also detained.

Police say that the initial investigation shows a link between the family and the suspects.

They say the investigation into what happened and how the baby spent the last 20 hours continues.
 

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According to authorities, Yesenia Guadalupe Ramirez, 43, had "transported the victim and the victim’s grandmother to run errands." She became a person of interest and later a suspect after her story "changed several times during the interview process," police said.

A second suspect, Jose Roman Portillo, 28, allegedly entered the apartment and grabbed the baby while the grandmother was outside. Police said surveillance showed Portillo arriving at the residence with a car seat. The baby was found at Portillo's home, police said.

Authorities did not say how the third suspect, Baldomeo Sandoval, 37, was involved.

All three were arrested on charges of kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, child abduction and home invasion. It's not clear if they have obtained attorneys.
 

GrandmaBear

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CHP puts out the vehicle, an employee at a nursing home thank goodness sees it and sees the vehicle and the child is safe. However, San Jose took it down, not sure why and it seems very fortunate the one person that needed to see it saw it, what are the odds of that. The guy from the nursing home also talks about "San Jose" eventually showing up. There just seems to be a bit of "undertone" or implying of something here and there but then maybe not, could be just the rush of the situation combined with news.

Glad this baby is safe, it did sound unlikely to be a total stranger and sounds like it is some type of custody issue or maybe a family with no custody or placement, etc. or the dad having something to do with it...
 

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Suspect met 3-month-old's grandma through church, became 'obsessed' with him, family says​

San Jose police have released the names of the three suspects arrested in the kidnapping of 3-month-old Brandon Cuellar. They've been identified as 28-year-old Jose Roman Portillo, 43-year-old Yesenia Guadalupe Ramirez, and 37-year-old Baldomeo Sandoval, all San Jose residents.

They are charged with kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, child abduction and home invasion, announced Sgt. Christian Camarillo in a news conference Wednesday morning. He said those charges may change.

Guadalupe Ramirez, the only female suspect, believed to have a 'relationship' with the family played a crucial role in the abduction.

According to family members, Ramirez formed a relationship with baby Brandon's grandma through church and quickly became "obsessed" with the 3-month-old.

Neighbors and family members also described the moments leading up to the grandma's shopping trip with Ramirez. The 43-year-old suspect was trying to convince the grandmother to go to Walmart to buy food and supplies for the baby using her grocery vouchers.

Within minutes of their arrival back to grandma's house, Portillo was spotted in surveillance footage walking out with baby Brandon in a white carrier.

It's still unclear from the family how close of a relationship the grandmother had with Ramirez.

Baby Brandon's relatives suspect Ramirez and the third suspect, Baldomeo Sandoval are in a relationship but investigators have yet to confirm that information.


 

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However, San Jose took it down, not sure why and it seems very fortunate the one person that needed to see it saw it, what are the odds of that.
"We didn't want that person to know that we knew," Camarillo said, "So that's why that alert went away. We were already watching the vehicle, we knew where the vehicle was when that tip came in."
 

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1 of suspects in San Jose baby kidnapping not facing charges, police say​

San Jose police announced on Thursday that one of the three suspects arrested in the kidnapping of a 3-month-old baby has been released from custody.

Officials say Baldomeo Sandoval, 37, will not be facing charges in the abduction of Brandon Cuellar.

"Details regarding Sandoval's involvement with this case have come to light and he will not be facing charges at this time," tweeted SJPD.

The two other suspects, 28-year-old Jose Roman Portillo and 43-year-old Yesenia Guadalupe Ramirez, appeared in court on Thursday. They were arraigned and charged with kidnapping and related felonies. Both were booked into jail without bail.


San Jose Church Links Baby Brandon's Family and Kidnapping Suspect​

Members of the unnamed Apostolic Church in San Jose were stunned to learn Yesenia Guadalupe Ramirez is involved in the crime. A man believed to be her husband, who was initially arrested in connection to the kidnapping but later released without charges, is also a member of the church, a parishioner said.

Parishioners describe the two as "decent and hard-working."

Members of the church said the couple has a grown daughter and granddaughter and would never have thought they were capable of kidnapping a child.

But the owner of the property where the church holds services thinks differently. He said this is the second time police were there asking questions because of the church.

Garcia said that several months ago, police were there after the pastor's 3-year-old granddaughter passed away inside the church.

Garcia was told the child was very sick when she was taken in for parishioners to pray for, and no one ever took her to the hospital.

“She was there from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. when she passed away,” said Garcia, adding that the child's mother was arrested after her death. Police and the district attorney have not confirmed that claim to NBC Bay Area.
 

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1 of suspects in San Jose baby kidnapping not facing charges, police say​

San Jose police announced on Thursday that one of the three suspects arrested in the kidnapping of a 3-month-old baby has been released from custody.

Officials say Baldomeo Sandoval, 37, will not be facing charges in the abduction of Brandon Cuellar.

"Details regarding Sandoval's involvement with this case have come to light and he will not be facing charges at this time," tweeted SJPD.

The two other suspects, 28-year-old Jose Roman Portillo and 43-year-old Yesenia Guadalupe Ramirez, appeared in court on Thursday. They were arraigned and charged with kidnapping and related felonies. Both were booked into jail without bail.


San Jose Church Links Baby Brandon's Family and Kidnapping Suspect​

Members of the unnamed Apostolic Church in San Jose were stunned to learn Yesenia Guadalupe Ramirez is involved in the crime. A man believed to be her husband, who was initially arrested in connection to the kidnapping but later released without charges, is also a member of the church, a parishioner said.

Parishioners describe the two as "decent and hard-working."

Members of the church said the couple has a grown daughter and granddaughter and would never have thought they were capable of kidnapping a child.

But the owner of the property where the church holds services thinks differently. He said this is the second time police were there asking questions because of the church.

Garcia said that several months ago, police were there after the pastor's 3-year-old granddaughter passed away inside the church.

Garcia was told the child was very sick when she was taken in for parishioners to pray for, and no one ever took her to the hospital.

“She was there from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. when she passed away,” said Garcia, adding that the child's mother was arrested after her death. Police and the district attorney have not confirmed that claim to NBC Bay Area.
This is sounding odd and pretty disturbing... I thought these folks were possibly the baby's other side of the family/connected to the father but this sounds like something else entirely...
 

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