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Police: Woman helped plan kidnapping of baby in San Jose

Posted at 6:46 AM, Apr 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-27 16:14:49-04

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — UPDATE (1:13 PM) : Police say a woman arrested in the kidnapping of a 3-month-old baby from his San Jose home is a friend of the family and was present when a man abducted the baby while his grandmother unloaded groceries.

San Jose Police Sgt. Christian Camarillo said Wednesday that Yesenia Ramirez had driven the child and his grandmother on a shopping trip and communicated with Jose Portillo before he entered the San Jose apartment and took the baby Monday.

He says surveillance video shows Portillo walking toward the apartment with a car seat and a small blanket. The baby was found unharmed Tuesday inside a home where Portillo lived.

Camarillo says a motive is still under investigation.


Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly kidnapped a 3-month-old baby in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The man walked into a home in San Jose around 1 p.m. Monday and left with the child, Brandon Cuellar. The family does not recognize the suspect.

Police released a video clip that shows the man walking down the sidewalk holding a baby carrier covered by a white blanket. Authorities have not issued an Amber Alert because investigators do not have a vehicle description. San Jose is a city about 50 miles from San Francisco.

Brandon was last seen wearing a white long-sleeved onesie with dinosaurs.