Alan Young, Alleged Motown Grifter, Arrested

Categories: Crime
Alan Young.JPG
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."

Follow us on Twitter at @TheSnitchSF and @SFWeekly 

My Voice Nation Help

He's doing it again - he hit Jerk Church at Folsom St. Fair yesterday and stole a couple of purses. He was wearing a nice tan italian jacket and spouting the same motown story.

Now Trending

From the Vault


©2014 SF Weekly, LP, All rights reserved.