New surveillance video released in west side abduction case
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland FBI, along with the Cleveland and Elyria police, has released new video in connection with the May 21 abduction of a six-year-old Cleveland girl and the February 25 attempted abduction of a 10-year-old Elyria girl.
The video was taken on May 15 at 4:43 a.m. In it, the person of interest in the case is seen parking a Chevy Malibu and walking down the alley toward the victim’s home. The car has a different color front driver’s side quarter panel that was manufactured between 1997-2005. This video is from the area of the home of the Cleveland victim, and the FBI says that is appears to be the same person in a video taken May 14, which was previously released.
A second video, also released Friday, shows this person running back to the car, raising his hands to free them from his sleeves and then driving away.
A 6-year-old girl was taken from her home in the 3000 block of West 104th Street early in the morning on May 21. She was found safe around 9:30 p.m. that day after being held for more than 17 hours.
Authorities say the suspect in the girl’s abduction was positively linked to an attempted abduction in Elyria on Feb. 25.
In that incident, agents say the suspect tried to pull a 10-year-old girl through her bedroom window. 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.
The FBI is asking the public to carefully look at the clothing, the manner of walking and the actions of this person of interest and to also look closely at the Chevy Malibu.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the FBI Tip Line at 216-622-6482.