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Man Arrested For Killing California Family Committed Similar Crime

The man suspected of abducting and killing a Merced County, Ca., family previously served time in prison for another similar crime. Jesus Manuel Salgado was taken into custody by Merced County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly abducting and killing 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her parents Jasleen Kaur, 27, and Jasdeep Singh, 36, and her uncle Amandeep Singh, 39, The Fresno Bee reports. Salgado is undergoing medical treatment after trying to commit suicide before being taken into custody. The bodies of the baby, her parents and uncle were found Wednesday evening by a farmer in a rural area of the county. Salgado is the sole suspect. Video footage shows the family being kidnapped at gunpoint from Gateway Parking, a business the family operated.

Court documents show Salgado was previously convicted on a methamphetamine possession charge in 2001, when his criminal history was just beginning. Salgado was convicted of witness intimidation and residential robbery with gun enhancements in 2006, and was released on parole from prison in 2015. A family told deputies he had dressed in a black ski mask and robbed them at gunpoint at their home in Merced County. During the home invasion in 2005, Salgado pointed a gun and demanded a PIN for the credit card of the man who lived there. He entered the home and ordered the victim's wife to bring a safe into the garage. She was forced at gunpoint to open the safe. Salgado reached into the safe and grabbed cash and a bag containing jewelry. He ordered the family into the swimming pool at gunpoint and threatened to come back and kill them if they notified law enforcement. The victims called 911 after Salgado left; he was located by sheriff's deputies a day later. He was arrested after making inconsistent statements during interviews.


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