CLEVELAND (KDKA) – The FBI is asking for the public’s help to locate a man accused of abducting and injuring a young girl in Cleveland earlier this year.
According to officials, a 6-year-old girl was taken from her home in Cleveland around 3:30 a.m. on May 21.
Seventeen hours later, the suspect dropped the girl off about two miles from her home. The girl suffered unspecified injuries during the abduction.
The girl told police she rode in the front floorboard of the suspect’s vehicle to a home in an unknown location.
While at the home, two people showed up to cook chicken for the suspect. When they arrived, the girl said the suspect told her to hide and stay quiet. Eventually, the two people left the home.
Police don’t believe those two people knew the girl was at the home, but would like to speak with them about the suspect.
Investigators have also linked the same suspect to an unsolved attempted abduction in February. That incident took place at a home in Elyria, Ohio.
Police believe the man reached through the bedroom window of a 10-year-old girl and grabbed her leg. Fortunately, the girl was able to get away.
In both incidents, police believe the suspect may have interacted with someone in the home through social media.
The suspect is known to drive a 2002-03 Chevrolet Malibu with a mismatched fender on the driver’s side.
Anyone with information is asked to call (216)-622-6842. A $20,000 reward is being offered.