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Man barricaded in bathroom not Amber Alert suspect

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A huge police response to arrest a man believed to be the suspect wanted in a Virginia murder and Amber Alert kidnapping is not the wanted man, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.

Update THU 10 PM: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office reported the Amber Alert suspect from Virginia was believed to be holed up in a gas station restroom on Okeechobee Boulevard near the Florida Turnpike in suburban West Palm Beach at around 10:30 a.m.

Deputies say a person, matching the description of Jeffery Scott Easley, came to a Shell gas station and asked to use the bathroom key. An employee at the gas station who reportedly recognized the suspect called police.

Police quickly converged on the gas station, and the person barricaded himself inside. Police were able to break into the locked restroom and arrest the man inside.

In a brief statement after the arrest, Bradshaw said, although, the suspect looks very much like Easley, he doesn't believe the man in custody is Easley. Regardless, Bradshaw applauded the clerk's efforts saying he did exactly what police would want.

Bradshaw said the suspect was carted away on a gurney by medics because he was suffering an apparent drug overdose.

Police forced their way in based on the witness's description, low quality surveillance video from the gas station and because the man barricaded himself in the restroom.

Previously: An Amber Alert is active in Florida for 12-year-old Brittany Smith. She vanished Friday and police believe she is in extreme danger. Police launched the search after Brittany's mother was found dead at their Salem, Va., home.

Police believe Brittany is with Jeffery Easley, who was the boyfriend of her mother. It's not clear whether Brittany went with him willingly or was kidnapped. But, for whatever reason, police believe there's a chance they are in Florida.

Police are following a number of tips while Brittany's family pleads for her safe return. Police believe Easley may be driving the mother's car, a 2005 Dodge Neon with Virginia tags.

If you see either Brittany or Easley please contact authorities immediately.

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