Oakland’s False Amber Alert: Carjacking Wasn’t A Carjacking, No Child In Car

Police have located a person of interest sought after a reported carjacking and kidnapping outside an Oakland grocery store Tuesday that was later determined to be without merit, a police spokeswoman said.

Roy McCamey, 54, was picked up by another law enforcement agency and will be interviewed by Oakland police investigators, Officer Johnna Watson said.

McCamey’s name became connected today with a series of changing stories that took place at a Safeway Store at 4100 Redwood Road at about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses outside the store told police that a knife-wielding man forced the driver to drive away while a 13-year-old girl was in the car, Officer Johnna Watson said.

The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert searching for them, which was canceled when investigators determined the suspect and victims knew each other and there was no kidnapping, Watson said.

McCamey, who is believed to frequent the area round the Safeway, was identified him as a person of interest after investigators released images of a shoplifter captured by store cameras.

Witnesses came forward to report that the person looked like McCamey, police said.

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.

Police today located the sedan’s driver and after interviewing him, investigators determined that all three people knew each other and that the girl in the car was actually over 18 years old.

Scott Morris/Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

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