DETROIT (WWJ) – Federal agents are casting a wider net in their search for a child predator.
The FBI Cleveland Division of Police and local law enforcement in Ohio have identified a man — seen in a security photo sent to media outlets across the nation — as the prime suspect in the May 21, 2016, abduction of a 6-year-old Cleveland girl. He’s also wanted in the attempted abduction of another child, a 10-year-old girl from Elyria, Ohio, on Feb. 25 of this year.
The Cleveland girl was kidnapped from her home and held for 17 hours, the FBI said. Officials did not want to detail what the child went through but said she “was not unharmed.” In the Elyria case, the suspect climbed through the girl’s bedroom window. He grabbed her leg, but she was able to get away.
The FBI says this fugitive is known to drive a 2002-2003 Chevy Malibu with a front driver’s side mismatched fender (pictured at left) and was seen in this vehicle prior to the May abduction.
A cash reward of up to $20,000 is now being offered to the tipster whose information leads to an arrest and conviction in this case.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or the owner of the car described is asked to call the FBI Tip Line at 216-622-6842. All tips will remain confidential.