BEYOND CLAYCORD: Police Locate Person of Interest After False-Alarm Amber Alert Issued

February 12, 2014 22:26 pm · 26 comments

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.

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1 Dr. Jellyfinger® February 12, 2014 at 10:55 PM

In other words…. everyone exaggerated, overreacted & it was a total wild goose chase?

2 SF CityGirl February 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM

And we all got tons of text amber alerts for this false alarm!!!

3 Blah February 12, 2014 at 11:23 PM

@Dr. Jellyfinger – Yes, thats what it sounds like, resources wasted!

4 booper February 13, 2014 at 12:29 AM

arest the person that filed the false report. That’ll teach them for racial profiling.

5 bella February 13, 2014 at 1:28 AM

So full of fail!

6 Let's not criticize Police for doing their job February 13, 2014 at 1:38 AM

this could have easily been a legitimate situation. Focus your hatred on the theiving maggots. I can’t imagine that Surf-N-Turf dinner was too enjoyable, knowing that every cop in the state was looking for them. But, it was probably better than the usual plate of entrails and government cheese.

7 Prof. Bellylinger February 13, 2014 at 5:34 AM

If the way you comport yourself getting into the car at the grocery store causes an Amber Alert, you need to check yourself. Be aware of your surroundings, be concerned with appearances, don’t walk and talk like you are forcibly abducting your friends or family.

8 Db8ng1 February 13, 2014 at 5:44 AM

No resources wasted! People proved that the system worked! Amber alerts work and keep people vigilant. Had it actually been a kidnapping or child abduction, the victims would have been located. Plus, witnesses did the right thing-the thing we want people to do in society. They saw something suspicious and reported it. And the police, who did their job skillfully, competently and quickly, determined no child abdication took place and canceled the Amber alert.
This was not a waste of resources but a story of effective community and police cooperation!

9 Db8ng1 February 13, 2014 at 5:45 AM

Abduction* not abdication! Autocorrect!!!!

10 Sometimes... February 13, 2014 at 6:41 AM

The eye witness accounts of an occurrence can vary
wildly.How should that effect a response to a
possible crime of the type that would require an
amber alert? There will be false alarms and they
should be handled like any other false alarm.
The current chat is now of “Amber Alert Fatigue”,
Unfortunately, in a state with38 million people,
it would seem it happens frequently, it does.
We are really the victims of the ” Media” frenzy
that relies on our insatiable and sometimes morbid
Interest in these stories. Witness posters responses
to these stories.

11 Gargoyle Socks February 13, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Other than that, all witness accounts were spot on.

Was it really a lobster he was stuffing in his pants or was he just really happy?

12 Jerk February 13, 2014 at 6:52 AM

1pm and a person cannot tell the difference between a Car and SUV.
Why didn’t the Police run the plate and put out accurate BOLO information?

13 JET February 13, 2014 at 6:58 AM

Unbelievable…. but, I am glad everyone is okay.

14 Meth Monsters February 13, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Hey let’s just call it a test run & it went pretty good!!!!

15 The Mamba February 13, 2014 at 7:22 AM

There are some pretty serious issues with the way Amber Alerts are used in this state.

16 Jim Shoes February 13, 2014 at 7:33 AM

Wow those were some accurate eye witness accounts.

17 Chevrolet girl February 13, 2014 at 7:41 AM

They were correct in putting out an Amber alert according to eye witness statements. They were going off of what witness saw or thought they saw. It comes down to the cops arresting a low life theif.

18 ale February 13, 2014 at 8:22 AM

@ jerk
The plates didnt match the car.

19 Eyewitness accounts were wrong because.... February 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

people in oakland are conditioned to lie to Police.

20 Bottom Line Gal February 13, 2014 at 10:41 AM

The bottom line is law enforcement got to the bottom of this. It’s not uncommon for eyewitnesses not to witness exactly what happened.

You’re dealing with the general public, and law enforcement takes eyewitnesses “at their word.”

Yes, the Amber Alert wasn’t necessary, but they went with what they had.

21 anon February 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM

I compliment the police in the urgent handling of what they were led to believe was a kidnapping of a minor and vulnerable elderly man under threat with weapon. Why the witnesses would escalate what happened with false or imagined acts is beyond acceptable explanation. I hope this does not deter from the urgency of future Amber Alerts and protecting the children like Amber and Polly who might be saved from predators or harm.

22 Brian Griffin February 13, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Why did I get notified on my phone 3 friggin times? I clicked the button provided to acknowledge that I received the message, notifications kept coming. They need to fix the system before people opt out of notifications.

23 VikingPrincess February 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

These things are bound to happen.

I think the portion of the event that indicated the people in the car did not seem to know the lobster thief may need looking at. Exactly what does that mean? Did they yell at hit him to get him out of the car or where they detached and aloof?

Glad its cleared up

24 Skippy February 13, 2014 at 8:08 PM

This is what happens when the police make all of us their posse. For 2 days everyone on the roads were told to look for this car (wrong car) and this kidnaper (uh shoplifter). How about the police looking for the bad guys and leaving us out of it, especially until they have their facts right.

25 J. February 13, 2014 at 8:53 PM

I just deleted it from my ‘important’ queue on my Crackberry.

26 Nice Homeowner February 19, 2014 at 6:36 AM

You’re not kidding about amber fatigue!

My biggest problem with the whole system is that they constantly bombard us with grade-school rubbish akin to “brush your teeth in the morning”.

Today’s sign, for example, says “Conserver water”.

I’m waiting for the sign that says “Don’t forget to wash behind your ears!”.

Notwithstanding the fact that I’m not wasting water, it’s terribly insulting to our intelligence to bombard us with such trip. And, I might add, what does conserving water have to do with roadside driving or missing children anyway? (Which is why we paid for the signs in the first place.)

Basically, the answer is, it doesn’t. The real problem here is that power corrupts. The people in charge of the propaganda messages have the power to tell us to do anything they feel like, even if the sophomoric messages are written by grade schoolers in charge of the signs.

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