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Amber Alert: Police ID person of interest in Oakland kidnapping

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Authorities on Wednesday identified a person of interest in the carjacking and kidnapping of an elderly man and a 13-year-old girl at an Oakland grocery store that prompted an Amber Alert.

Oakland police say they are seeking Roy McCamey, a 54-year-old African American man, in connection with the kidnapping, which occurred at an Oakland Safeway at about 12:50 p.m. Tuesday in the 4100 block of Redwood Road.

Witnesses have told investigators that McCamey frequents the area surrounding the Safeway, police said.

Local media reported that a man was caught by a store employee stuffing lobster tails and rib eyes under his jacket before leaving the store and jumping into the red or burgundy sedan with a knife.

Authorities had initially said it was red Infiniti SUV when an Amber Alert was issued, but Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said that vehicle had been tracked back to the East Coast, meaning the license plate may have been switched.

"It's difficult to say at this time, but we definitely want to make the key point on the license plate," she told reporters Tuesday night.

The California license plate 6JFM648 was believed to be attached to a red sedan, although police officials did not immediately have an exact description of the make or model. 

The identities of the elderly man or girl were also still outstanding, with police telling reporters they had not received any missing persons reports.

McCamey was described as being roughly 5 feet 7 inches and 165 pounds. 

A similar man was described by witnesses for the initial Amber Alert, although that suspect's age was listed as being in the 40s.

The sedan was last reported driving southbound on Redwood Road. Anyone who sees the vehicle should immediately call 911, police said.

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