Police in Oakland are now focusing on a red or burgundy sedan in a manhunt for a suspect in the carjacking of a vehicle from the parking lot of an Oakland Safeway store with a man and a teenage girl inside this afternoon. Reports came in around 12:50 p.m. of a man with a knife seen entering a vehicle 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 vehicle contained an elderly black man and a black girl believed to be about 13 years old, Oakland police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said. Police initially linked the license plate to a red or burgundy 2001 Infiniti SUV with a California license plate number of 6JFM648, but the FBI and East Coast law enforcement found the registered owner of that vehicle and determined that it did not have its plates, Watson said. The plates are likely on a red or burgundy sedan and police are looking for that car with a focus on finding a car with a California license plate #6JFM648, Watson said. She said police have not determined whether that car or the plates were stolen.
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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