Elyria police search for man who tried to pull 10-year-old girl out bedroom window

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ELYRIA, Ohio -- Police are looking for a man who allegedly tried to pull a 10-year-old girl out of her bedroom window overnight.

According to a release from Elyria police, it happened at 3:45 a.m. at a home at 606 Furnace Street.

The girl's father told police that he was woken up by his daughter running into his bedroom screaming. She told him she'd been awakened by someone grabbing her legs and trying to pull her out of her bedroom window.

She said the suspect told her to cooperate and neither she nor her family would get hurt. The girl was able to break free and then ran to her father's room.

The father went outside and noticed someone removed a step-ladder from the yard and placed the ladder against the house underneath his daughter's window.

The girl described the suspect as a white man in his thirties with brown eyes. He was wearing a black hoodie, with the hoodie tied tightly around his face.

FBI investigating attempted abduction in Elyria (Courtesy: FOX 8's Matt Wright)
FBI investigating attempted abduction in Elyria (Courtesy: FOX 8's Matt Wright)

Elyria police say they are working closely with Lorain police to see if there is any connection to the three attacks on girls Thursday morning.  The attacks led to the lockdown of Lorain City Schools. The suspect in the Lorain incidents is described as a white male, mid 20s through mid 30s,  5’10”- 6’, wearing a black jacket with a hood, dark jeans, dark shoes, dark gloves, possibly black mask covering his face.

Detectives from the Elyria Police Department and agents from the FBI are currently investigating. The FBI was at the home Thursday afternoon collecting evidence.

Anyone with information is asked to call Elyria Police Department at 440-323-3302 or the Cleveland FBI at 216-522-1400.


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