Update: The brother of a man accused of abducting and murdering a family of four in California has himself been arrested. In a statement, the Merced County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that 41-year-old Alberto Salgado, brother of murder suspect Jesus Manuel Salgado, had been arrested the previous night and charged with criminal conspiracy, accessory, and destroying evidence in connection with the killings of 36-year-old Jasdeep Singh, 27-year-old Jasleen Kaur, their 8-month-old daughter Aroohi Dheri, and the infant's uncle, 39-year-old Amandeep Singh. NBC News notes that, from the start of the probe, Merced Sheriff Vern Warnke had said he suspected that Jesus Salgado had assistance with the kidnapping. Our original story from Friday follows:
The man accused of kidnapping and murdering four members of a California family was a former employee of the family's trucking business, a family spokesperson says. Suspect Jesus Manuel Salgado was a driver for the company, but he and the family parted ways after a dispute, the spokesperson tells ABC 30. Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke tells the AP that the dispute between Salgado and his former employers "got pretty nasty," with Salgado sending angry text messages or emails about a year ago.
Salgado is accused of abducting 36-year-old Jasdeep Singh, 27-year-old Jasleen Kaur, their 8-month-old daughter Aroohi Dheri, and the infant's uncle, 39-year-old Amandeep Singh, Monday from their Merced County business. Their bodies were found by a farm worker in an almond orchard late Wednesday. The family spokesperson says the baby had been left to die and was found dead of exposure. Authorities believe the murders took place within an hour of the abduction, KCRA reports. No cause of death has yet been revealed, but KTLA notes that authorities said they didn't find any visible signs of injury on the baby. (Read more California stories.)