OAKLAND — Authorities in Northern California have canceled a statewide Amber Alert issued after an apparent abduction outside a supermarket, saying all three people involved knew each other and police determined there was no carjacking or kidnapping.
The alert was deactivated Wednesday after investigators said they’re no longer looking for the people in the four-door red sedan that triggered the search Tuesday, said Officer Johnna Watson, a police spokeswoman.
Investigators met with the driver in Oakland on Wednesday afternoon after police got a call from a citizen about his whereabouts, Watson said.
The person who was inside the car and was thought to be a teenage girl is actually an adult, Watson said. Police were still looking for her and a suspected shoplifter, Roy McCamey, 54, of Oakland, who they described as a “person of interest” in the case.
“They all know each other,” Watson said. “There are still a lot of questions that we’re trying to find answers to.”
She added that criminal charges may still be filed in the case.
The reported carjacking occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday in a Safeway parking lot in the Oakland Hills area when witnesses said a man with a knife commandeered a red, four-door sedan with an older man and a 13-year-old girl inside.
McCamey matches the description of a man who stole items from the Safeway, wielded a knife and threatened store employees before the alleged carjacking, Watson said. The incident prompted the California Highway Patrol to release surveillance video and issue a statewide Amber Alert for the vehicle.
Police initially described the vehicle as a red or burgundy 2001 Infiniti QX3 SUV, but that vehicle and its owner were located, Watson said.
Earlier Wednesday, Watson said there was a possibility that those involved in the alleged carjacking knew each other. Police did not receive any missing person reports involving a missing man or teenage girl, despite witnesses telling police it did not appear the apparent attacker and victims were acquainted, she said.