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Amber Alert Cancelled, Reports of Carjacking, Kidnapping in Oakland “Without Merit”

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An Amber Alert issued after a reported carjacking and kidnapping in Oakland Tuesday has been canceled as the suspect and victims knew each other and were not kidnapped, a police spokeswoman said. Police today located the driver of a red sedan that was sought after witnesses outside the Safeway store at 4100 Redwood Road told police that a knife-wielding man forced the driver to drive away while a 13-year-old girl was in the car at about 1 p.m., Officer Johnna Watson said.

However, after interviewing the driver police determined that all three people knew each other and that the girl in the car was actually over 18 years old. The Amber Alert was then canceled. Police are still searching for a person of interest in the case, identified as 54-year-old Roy McCamey, who is believed to frequent the area round the Safeway. McCamey is described as black, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. Police identified him as a person of interest after investigators released images of a shoplifter captured by store cameras and witnesses came forward to report that the person looked like McCamey.

Watson said law enforcement agencies have had contact with McCamey in the past, and that he has a history of committing thefts, although he doesn’t have a history of any violent offenses. Witnesses had told police that the suspect came out of the store, approached the victims’ car, which was traveling through the parking lot, opened a door and got inside, according to Watson. Although witnesses overheard the suspect talking to the male victim, they thought it appeared that they didn’t know each other, police said. Police had initially described the car as a red or burgundy 2001 Infiniti SUV but after tracking down the owner of the car with the reported license plate number, investigators concluded that the car they were looking for was actually a sedan.

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