CHP issues Amber Alert after carjacking and kidnapping


Oakland police are investigating reports of a possible carjacking and kidnapping that occurred near a Safeway store off of state Highway 13 this afternoon.

Reports came in around 12:50 p.m. of a man with a knife seen entering an SUV outside the Safeway at 4100 Redwood Road, in the Lincoln Square Shopping Center, and forcing the driver to drive away, police said.

The SUV contained an elderly man and a girl believed to be about 13 years old, Oakland police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said.

The car is described as a red or burgundy 2001 Infiniti SUV with a California license plate number of 6JFM648.

Anyone who sees the car should call 911 immediately, police said.

“We don’t want anyone approaching this vehicle,” Watson said. “We have information that the suspect is armed with a knife … so we want to approach this vehicle very cautiously.”

The suspect is described as a black man in his 40s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with salt-and-pepper hair. He weighs about 165 pounds and was wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans, police said.

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