Human time bomb1 suspect

A composite of the suspect

Real Name: Fred "Harvey" McCloud
Case: Kidnapping, Armed Robbery
Date: January 8, 1996
Location: Modesto, California


Details: Harvey McCloud was a 65 year old cab driver in Modesto, California. On January 8, 1996, during a seemingly normal fare, he picked up a man in a turban and a fake beard and moustache. He spoke in a coarse whisper and only had enough money to get half way to where he wanted to go, but he claimed he could pick up the money at his brother's house which was along the route. Harvey followed the man's directions, and was surprised when he told him to stop. He turned around and the man was pointing a gun at him, and the gunman then chained on a black metal box and keypad and had a wire that went around Harvey's neck and clipped it shut. He then activated the device, telling Harvey that he could detonate the device through remote control. Harvey then went back into Modesto and told Harvey he was going to have him rob a bank. He had Harvey stop across the street from the First Glendale Bank and gave him the final instructions. Harvey entered the bank and was instructed to hand the bank manager a note and take the money but leave a second bomb that was in a box. The bank manager complied with the gunman's demands and gave Harvey the money in the bank, and everything had gone according to plan, except for one act of herorism that Harvey performed. Instead of leaving the bomb in the bank to prevent possible injury of anyone else in the bank, he took it with him to the location stated in instructions that Harvey found in the back of his cab, after he stopped at a hardware store and a pay phone, where he waited for further instructions that would help him dismantle the bomb. Police found him before the call came and the area was evacuated. Bomb experts removed the explosive, which was revealed to be fake. The robbery had worked perfectly, but the gunman had not gone away without being seen. When he as dropped off at the bank, two eyewitnesses saw the man enter a van where he took off a turban, fake beard, and mustache as well as a sweater padded to make him look 25 to 35 pounds heavier. The man was never found and the case remains unsolved.
Suspects: Witnesses describe Harvey's passenger as a six-foot tall man around 160 pounds and with short-cropped salt-and-pepper hair. He would today be in his 60s or 70s, and he drove a dark brown or bronze ford van with a large "picture window" on the driver side.
Extra Notes: This segment first ran on Unsolved Mysteries in the May 10, 1996 episode.
Results: Unsolved. The statute of limitations eventually expired on the robbery, but not the kidnapping. The kidnapper remains at large.

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