Kidnapped California Teen Released


ANTIOCH, Calif., Aug. 2 (UPI) — A 16-year-old Antioch, Calif., boy kidnapped at gunpoint during a robbery was later released by his captor, police say.

Hasaan Ameer Ford is safe after being kidnapped Monday afternoon at a barbershop where he worked, the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek reported.

He was freed by his abductor and contacted his family about 8 hours after a statewide Amber Alert was issued for him.

“We are confident he has been released and is no longer under duress,” a police statement said. “Based on this latest information, the Amber Alert has been canceled.”

The suspect was in the middle robbing the owner of Al’s Barber Shop with a sawed-off shotgun when the teen walked in, police say. The owner of the shop had been forced to the floor and was told to take out his keys and wallet. The robber then turned his gun on Ford and ordered him into the shop owner’s black 1996 GMC Yukon.

The suspect got into the backseat and presumably made the teen flee the scene.

The truck was recovered in Antioch and was being examined for evidence.

Police were still searching for the suspect, who was believed to be armed and dangerous.

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