Cleveland child abduction linked to one in Elyria

Cleveland child abduction linked to one in Elyria
Published: May. 28, 2016 at 1:44 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2016 at 5:43 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The FBI believes a man is preying on children in Northeast Ohio and has already tried to grab two kids from their homes.

"The fact we have an individual on the loose that many have perpetrated this act many times is a great concern," FBI Special Agent Steve Anthony said.

At a late afternoon press conference Friday, the FBI linked the abduction of a 6-year-old girl in Cleveland over the past weekend with an attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl in Elyria back in February. Agents say forensic evidence tied the two together.

The FBI didn't take any questions from the media but put huge emphasis on a man in surveillance video.

He was caught walking in the alley behind the 6-year-old girl's home.

Agents are telling you to pay attention to the way he walks.

They're calling him a Person of Interest.

We also have more info on where the little girl was taken: a room filled with very distinctive wall paper.

"Our child recalls seeing in the room mooses, grass and trees," Anthony said. "We now believe more likely it's wall paper than a still picture."

There's a vehicle too that they want to track down. A 2003 or 2005 Pontiac Grand Am four-door with a black car bra, sunroof and a spoiler in the back.

"We want to make sure collectively we, through the media and with the community's help, that we stop this individual and take him off the streets before he harms anymore of our children," Anthony said,

A $20,000 reward is being offered to help track down the man who is responsible for both incidents.

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