As a suspected accomplice, police have detained the brother of “pure evil” Jesus Salgado, who is accused of killing his former boss’ family and kidnapping four other people. According to news reports on Friday, Alberto Salgado was detained by the Merced County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday night in connection with the homicide.
He is suspected of helping his brother carry out the horrific kidnapping and murder of Aroohi Dheri, 8 months old, as well as her mother Jasleen Kaur, 27, father Jasdeep Singh, 36, and uncle Amandeep Singh, 39. Alberto has been detained and is facing charges of criminal conspiracy, accessory, and evidence destruction.
The connection between Jesus Salgado and the family’s trucking company, Unison Trucking Inc., devolved into a “nasty” argument over texts or emails, starting a year-long rivalry, according to Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke.
According to authorities, surveillance video shows Jesus Salgado guiding the Singh brothers, who were being transported in the back of Amandeep Singh’s pickup truck with their hands tied behind their backs. Then he came back and dragged Jasleen Kaur, who was holding her infant, from the store into the truck, before leaving once more.
BREAKING: Alberto Salgado, brother of Merced murder suspect is arrested by @MercedSheriff after 48-year old Jesus Salgado was brought into custody for allegedly kidnapping and murdering a family of four. pic.twitter.com/Ik5OQrxor7
— Liz Kern (@LiziKernNews) October 7, 2022
The same truck was discovered on fire in a nearby town hours later. The bodies of the family were discovered on Thursday.
Authorities in the area described Jesus’ alleged deeds as “absolute evil.” Prior to being fired at gunpoint and threatening to kill another family, he held them at gunpoint during an armed robbery in 2015 for which he had already done eight years in prison.
On Friday morning, no new information was provided, and the investigation is still ongoing.