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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Alan Young, Alleged Motown Grifter, Arrested

Posted By on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Alan Young was stopped ... in the name of love
  • Alan Young was stopped ... in the name of love
Alan Young was stopped ... in the name of love
It's seven rooms of gloom for Alan Young, the alleged grifter charged with impersonating Motown stars and separating San Franciscans from their dollars.

Young -- subject of a rollicking East Bay Express cover story back in 2002 when he was claiming to be Motown legend Cornelius Grant --- had purportedly told a number of locals he was singer/songwriter Lamont Dozier. After the San Francisco Police Department put out a bulletin, prompting several news articles, Young was recognized by a bartender this week.

When police arrived at the Hyde Out on Monday, a bar employee not only pointed out the wanted man, he also showed police a copy of a news article about Young (thank you, newspaper reader).

Here's a sentence you don't see every day on a police report: "Young was placed under arrest ... on several warrants for crimes committed while impersonating Motown celebrities."

As we noted before, in cases like this, the SFPD's message is clear: "Reach Out/I'll Be There."

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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