The California Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for an SUV that was carjacked from the parking lot of an Oakland Safeway store with a man and a teenage girl inside this afternoon, authorities said. Reports came in around 12:50 p.m. of a man with a knife seen entering an SUV outside the Safeway at 4100 Redwood Road, in the Lincoln Square Shopping Center off of state Highway 13, and forcing the driver to drive away, police said.
The SUV contained an elderly black man and a black girl believed to be about 13 years old, Oakland police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said. The car is described as a red or burgundy 2001 Infiniti SUV with a California license plate number of 6JFM648. Anyone who sees the car should call 911 immediately, police said. “We don’t want anyone approaching this vehicle,” Watson said. “We have information that the suspect is armed with a knife … so we want to approach this vehicle very cautiously.”
The suspect is described as a black man in his 40s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with salt-and-pepper hair. He weighs about 165 pounds and was wearing a green shirt, a blue jacket, blue jeans and headphones, police said. Just before the carjacking, the suspect was inside the Safeway and was apparently trying to steal something, Watson said. He then fled the store and approached the SUV with the knife, she said. Police don’t yet know whether he stole anything from the Safeway. Watson said multiple customers and employees witnessed the theft attempt, and others outside saw the carjacking.
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