The harrowing search for a 3-month-old baby abducted from a San Jose apartment ended Tuesday with a suspect in custody and the baby safe, authorities said.
“Baby Brandon will be taken to a local hospital as a precaution, but was found alive,” the San Jose Police Department said. said in a tweet at 9:40 a.m.. “A million thanks to everyone who helped out.”
The incident began around 1 p.m. Monday when a man was captured on CCTV entering an apartment in the 1000 block of Elm Street and taking the little boy away, police say.
sergeant. Christian Camarillo told The Times that Brandon Cuellar was taken from the family’s apartment while a relative was unloading groceries.
The video captured a man entering the residence and leaving with the baby in a black baby carrier with a white blanket. The family did not recognize the man, police said.
The abductor was described as a dark-skinned, short-haired Latino man wearing black pants, a dark blue shirt, gray shoes with white trim, a gray baseball cap and a black mask, police said.
Authorities set up a handful of tip lines as the search for Brandon intensified, and Monday night the FBI was assisting in the investigation.
Officers and agents went door to door in the area to locate witnesses and leads, they said. But early Tuesday morning, no new information was available.
“This continues to be the number one priority today,” police said.
Shortly after, they announced that Brandon had been located and the suspect was in custody.
No other details – including a possible motive for the abduction – were immediately available.
Times writer Gregory Yee contributed to this report.
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