SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — An FBI forensics team swarmed a San Jose apartment complex and surrounding neighborhood early Tuesday, looking for clues in the search for abducted three-month-old baby Brandon Alexis Cuellar.
The CHP tweeted a photo and description of a possible suspect vehicle, but within an hour, San Jose police spokesman Sgt. Christian Camarillo called for it to be removed saying “it would compromise” their investigation.
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“Our agency will provide the most accurate information in a timely manner,” the SJPD tweeted. “We are actively working on leads. 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 bring baby Brandon home.
The CHP deleted his tweet.
San Jose police say they received the call about the removal from a residence in the 1000 block of Elm Street around 1 p.m. Monday.
Investigators tweeted images and video of a male suspect seen entering the residence on CCTV and leaving what appeared to be a blanket-covered baby carrier with the baby.
Officers are currently working on this incident. The man you see in this CCTV footage 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 Jose Police Media Relations (@SJPD_PIO) April 26, 2022
The family does not recognize the suspect described as a “dark” Hispanic male wearing black pants, a dark blue shirt, gray shoes with white trim, a gray baseball cap and a black face mask. The suspect also has short hair.
The baby carrier is black in color with a white cover. Baby Alexis Cuellar wore a long-sleeved white jumpsuit with gray dinosaurs on it.
Investigators say the baby was watched by her grandmother while her mother was at work. The grandmother had taken the baby to an apartment after shopping. After returning to her car to collect more groceries, she returned moments later and the baby was gone.
The baby’s father is currently incarcerated, but investigators said they don’t know if the incarcerated father played a role in the kidnapping. They would talk to him soon.
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“Right now, we have every resource available not just in the field, but here at the police department working on this case,” said SJPD Sgt. Christian Camarillo during the press briefing.
“She took the baby into the apartment, went downstairs to unload groceries, in such a short time someone entered the apartment, you have the pictures and video of that person, and left with the baby,” Camarillo said.
Later Monday, the FBI began providing resources and sent agents from its Child Abduction Response Team to the scene. They meticulously searched the building for clues.
A cash reward is offered for any information leading to the safe recovery of the baby and the arrest of the suspect.
Authorities were asking anyone living in the Elm Street area where the baby was taken to check their surveillance cameras for video around 1 p.m. that may have captured the suspect.
Police have set up the following hotlines to call with any information about the case with officers on hold:
In the meantime, the parents of the neighborhood squeeze their children a little more tightly.
“I have two children and I feel bad for the mother. I have to take more care of my children, they like to play outside and run outside,” a neighbor said.
“As a mother I can say like wow, I don’t know how they feel, how the family feels, I can’t imagine,” Laura Torres said.
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“My big daughter plays there every day, so now my big daughter is very scared, so she stays at home,” said Jasvir Rai who lives in the area.