San Jose, California – The FBI joined San Jose police in their search for a man who kidnapped a three-month-old baby from an apartment Monday afternoon while the child’s grandmother was unloading groceries from a car outside, reports to CBS San Francisco.
San Jose police tweeted images and videos of a male suspect seen entering the residence and exiting with the baby in what appeared to be a carrier covered with a blanket.
By early Monday night, the neighborhood where the kidnapping took place was filled with San Jose police units.
Police said the family did not recognize the suspect.
The child has been identified as three-month-old Brandon Alexis Cuellar. His family calls him Alexis.
San Jose police said he was being watched by his grandmother while his mother was at work. The grandmother took the baby to the apartment when she returned from shopping.
She went back to the car to get more groceries, but when she got back inside, Alexis was gone.
Police said his mother was at their headquarters providing information about the case. The baby’s father is in jail.
Police said they didn’t know if this contributed to the kidnapping, but said they would speak to him soon.
“Right now, we have all the resources available, not just in the field, but here in the police department working on this case,” the SJPD Sgt. Christian Camarillo said during a press conference.
“She took the baby to the apartment, went downstairs to unload some groceries [and] In that short amount of time, someone entered the apartment, you (reporters) have the footage and video of that person and you left with the baby,” he said.
A cash reward is being offered for any information leading to the safe recovery of the baby and the arrest of the suspect.
Authorities have asked anyone living in the area to check their surveillance cameras for videos around 1 pm that may have captured the suspect.
Police also noted that no Amber Alert was issued in the case because authorities do not have a vehicle description or license plate number to include in the alert.
Meanwhile, neighborhood parents are holding their kids a little tighter.
“I have two children and I feel bad for their mother. I need to pay more attention to my children, they like to play outside and run outside,” said a neighbor.
“As a mother, I can say wow, I don’t know how they feel, how the family feels, I can’t imagine,” Laura Torres told CBS San Francisco.