PINELLAS PARK, Fla. – Earlier this evening, Pinellas Park Police officers responded to the McDonald’s located at 7001 US Highway 19 N in reference to a carjacking. Through investigation, it was learned a black male subject, later identified as Frederick Canady, attempted to carjack two vehicles in the parking lot of the restaurant. Canady successfully completed the carjacking of a third vehicle and fled the scene with the victim and two young children inside. A short distance later, Canady forced the victim and the two children out of the vehicle and fleeing the scene. The victim sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for her injuries. No injuries were reported to the children in the vehicle.
At the time of the carjacking, Canady had his 6-year-old nephew, Marqus Perkins, in his care. Perkins did not take part in the carjacking but fled the scene with Canady and his whereabouts are currently unknown. Perkins has been with Canady, who is his uncle, throughout the day and arrived with him at the incident location on a bicycle. The motive for the carjacking is unknown at this time and an AMBER Alert is being completed for the unknown whereabouts of Perkins.
The vehicle Canady stole and was last seen operating is a 2009 light blue Kia Sedona van with FL tag Z883JA. Perkins, whose whereabouts are currently unknown, is described as a black male, 4’03” tall weighing 85 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, a red Adidas jacket with white stripes down the sleeve with a gray Puma shirt underneath. Perkins was wearing navy blue Puma slides.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Perkins or Canady is encouraged to contact the Pinellas Park Police Department at 727-369-7864 or Pinellas County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS(8577).