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FBI offers $20,000 reward in frightening Cleveland abduction case; girl held for 17 hours

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Federal investigators are looking for a child predator who kidnapped a 6-year-old girl from her home and tried to abduct a 10-year-old girl in another case.

The most recent case happened on May 21, 2016. Around 3:30 a.m., the man entered a Cleveland home on West 104th Street while everyone was asleep, took the 6-year-old girl and held her for 17 hours. He dropped her off about two miles from home.

The girl told authorities she rode in the front floorboard of his car for a long time and went to a home. After they got there, a man and woman arrived who cooked chicken for the suspect and left. She said the man told her to hide and keep quiet; the FBI said the man and woman weren’t aware that the girl was at home and being held against her will.

FBI officials said they would not “revictimize her by stating what he did to her,” saying only that the girl was “not unharmed.”

Forensic evidenced linked the man to an unsolved attempted abduction from February 2016 in Elyria, Ohio. In that case, the man climbed into the bedroom window of a 10-year-old girl and tried to kidnap her. He grabbed her leg, but the girl was able to get away.

The FBI released surveillance photos of the man and his car. He’s believed to be driving a 2002-2003 Chevrolet Malibu; the car has a mismatched panel on the front driver’s side.

Surveillance cameras captured video of the man walking in the alley behind the victim’s home.

Investigators believe someone in both cases interacted with the man on social media and unwittingly provided him with information about their homes and families. They believe it’s possible he’s from outside the Cleveland area and could’ve driven to Cleveland and Elyria from somewhere else.

The FBI is concerned he could target more children and is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone who recognizes the man or his car should contact the FBI Tip Line at 216-622-6842. All tips remain confidential.