FBI: Abduction of 6-year-old tied to attempted abduction of Elyria girl

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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.

Continuing coverage of the abduction here

Jen Steer May 27, 20164:10 pm

This is only an informational news conference. No questions.

Jen Steer May 27, 20164:11 pm

Child was held for more than 17 hours. She was released at about 9:15 p.m. May 21.

Jen Steer May 27, 20164:11 pm

No arrest to report. Investigators linked this case to attempted abduction on Feb. 25 in Elyria.

Jen Steer May 27, 20164:12 pm

“There is a sense of great urgency.”

Jen Steer May 27, 20164:12 pm

Elyria chief: Feb. 25 early-morning hours. Dad called police when a man tried to grab a girl through her window.

Jen Steer May 27, 20164:14 pm

Police are asking the public to take a good, hard look at this individual and this vehicle.

Jen Steer May 27, 20164:15 pm

“Think beyond Cleveland… Into Lorain County, into Summit County,” police say.

Jen Steer May 27, 20164:15 pm

The person in the photo is considered a person of interest.

Jen Steer May 27, 20164:16 pm

They now believe the grass and animals on the wall was wallpaper, rather than a picture.

Jen Steer May 27, 20164:16 pm

Add $10,000 to the reward. $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.

Jen Steer May 27, 20164:17 pm

“Focus in on this evidence… We now have an individual that we believe has committed this act on at least two occasions.”