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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Motown Imposter Alan Young Arrested

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Alan Young is not to be confused with Lamont Dozier...
  • Alan Young is not to be confused with Lamont Dozier...

Alan Young, a veteran con man who has, repeatedly, passed himself off as singer-songwriter Lamont Dozier and other minor Motown celebrities, is back in custody.

Police arrested Young, 59, at around midnight Tuesday night/Wednesday morning after an incident in a bar in which he approached a 35-year-old man and began regaling him with tales of being good friends with Smokey Robinson. When Young asked to use the victim's cell phone, he purportedly left the bar, which was "too noisy." Then he allegedly split.

The police were called and, according to SFPD spokesman Officer Albie Esparza, Young was recognized in the video surveillance "due to his multiple previous contacts" with the cops. He was shortly thereafter picked up in the lobby of his Sixth Street residential hotel, wearing the same clothing as in the surveillance videos. The victim picked him out of a photo lineup.

Young, who toured the city in a 2010 Lamont Dozier con-athon, also crashed a Folsom Street Festival party over the weekend.

See also: Motown Imposter Alan Young Accused of Singing Same Old Song

Attendees of that party had some interesting tales about "Mr. Dozier":

Partygoer Carole Morrell said "Mr. Dozier," in addition to boasting about his jet and writing the song "Baby Love," claimed to be wearing a Brioni jacket. "I stroked the material and it was a beautiful coat. He was wearing a jacket that cost more than my car," she says. "The story he kept saying, repeatedly, is that he was looking through the Bay Guardian for something to do. So he wandered over to the Folsom Street Fair."

Party guest Cara Marsh says she got a bad vibe from the loquacious visitor. The gathering was replete with singers and musicians -- and while the alleged Motown legend did sing, "he kept messing up all the words to the Motown songs."
Several bags turned up missing after the party ended. Young was seen handling at least one of them. He was booked into county jail this morning at 1:28 on charges of parole violation, a probation hold, and second-degree burglary.

Before his current run impersonating Lamont Dozier, Young was a longtime faux Cornelius Grant.

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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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