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Two Family Friends Plotted Kidnapping of Baby Brandon, DA Says

Two San Jose suspects were brought to justice and charged in the afternoon with abducting a 3-month-old baby.

Evidence suggests that the two conspired to kidnap Brandon Du from his grandmother’s custody on Monday afternoon, April 25, and that San Jose police located the boy at the home of a suspect in San Jose less than 24 hours later.

After an examination, it was determined that the child was not injured and he reunited with his mother late Tuesday morning.

The motive behind what Rosen called a “strange daylight abduction” remains under investigation, he said.

Jose Portio, 28, and Wisania Ramirez, 43, were charged with kidnapping and related offenses. They were brought to jail without bail at the request of the district attorney. If convicted, they face lengthy prison sentences.

A third suspect arrested on April 26, Baldomeo Sandoval, was released today from custody, according to San Jose police, who said details of his involvement have been clarified and he will not stand trial at this time.

“The abduction of Baby Brandon sent chills through our entire community, not just us parents,” Rosen said in a statement. “San Jose police – who worked all night to find and rescue this child – are the heroes of this writing. Now, my office will go to work to hold his kidnappers accountable.”

On the day of the abduction, Rosen said the baby was observed by his grandmother while his mother was at work.

According to him, evidence shows that Shermirez – a family member – brought the grandmother to a local Walmart to go shopping. When they returned to the apartment on Block 1000 on Elm Street, the grandmother left Brandon on a bed. A few minutes later when the grandmother returned, the boy disappeared.

Shortly after call 911 arrived shortly before 1 p.m., April 25, police began tracking down the kidnapper and saw him in security videos walking toward the apartment carrying a baby safety seat covered in a blanket.

The man left the apartment with a heavier safety seat. Police identified the kidnapper’s vehicle using a security video, and he registered to Ramirez.

They arrested Portillo in his apartment on Block 2000 of Mathers Street, where they found the boy, according to the district attorney. The baby was examined at a hospital and it was determined that he was not injured.

A search warrant filed at Ramirez’s home located many baby care items, including a baby formula, diapers the same size that Baby Brandon wore, and a baby rocker.

It is not known whether Ramirez or Portio have children of their own or family members of infants living in their homes, Rosen said.

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