CLEVELAND– Cleveland-area authorities are urgently asking for the public’s help to catch a man accused of abducting one girl and trying to take another.
An unknown man took a 6-year-old girl from her home on West 104th Street in the early morning of May 21. She was found at about 9:30 p.m. on Lyric Avenue after being held for more than 17 hours.
On Friday, the FBI along with Cleveland and Elyria police said this case is linked to an attempted abduction earlier this year.
On Feb. 25, a man attempted to pull a 10-year-old girl from her bedroom on Furnace Street in Elyria. The victim was able to get away and woke her father, who called police. Around the same time, there were reports of a man approaching girls in nearby Lorain, but authorities never said if they were connected.
As for the Cleveland case, police said the suspect brought the girl to a brick house with a white door and black front porch railings. She was kept in a bedroom all day, which had wallpaper of moose, grass and trees on all four walls.
Another man and a woman were at home at the time, but police said they likely didn’t know what was happening. The 6-year-old also told police there were two dogs.
According to the FBI, the suspect manner of walk may be distinctive to someone who knows him.
Anyone with information is urged to call 216-622-6842. There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.