FBI searching for serial child abductor caught on video

The FBI is asking for help finding a suspected serial child abductor caught on surveillance footage.

The suspect is wanted for the May 21 abduction of a six-year-old girl in Cleveland and forensic evidence has tied him to the attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl in Elyria, Ohio, in February, the FBI said in a press release. A $20,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest.

The suspect is particularly dangerous because he brazenly enters houses to snatch his victims. In both cases, he entered his victims' homes early in the morning while their parents were sleeping, authorities said.

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CLEVELAND, OHIO - MAY 10: Eldia Caraballo in her home with the photo montage made for the funeral of her sister Grimilda Figueroa who died last year.Figueroa was married to Ariel Castro and endured years of abuse from him according to several family members. Information is still surfacing regarding the decade-long saga of three kidnapped Cleveland women and their amazing rescue. Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 09: Deborah Knight, grandmother of Michelle Knight, is hugged by Nancy Johnson during a vigil on May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Ariel Castro was arraigned on rape and kidnapping charges for abducting Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus and holding them for about 10 years. No charges were filed against his brothers Onil or Pedro and they were released by the judge. Bail was set at $8 million for Ariel. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 08: The mother of kidnap victim Gina DeJesus, Nancy Ruiz, speaks to community members and the media on May 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight managed to escape their captors on May 6, 2013. Ariel Castro was charged with kidnap and rape. His brother Pedro and Onil Castro, were taken into custody but not charged. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Beth Berry Serrano, the sister of Amanda Berry, comes to give a statement after Berry arrived at her sister's home on May 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of three women, including Amanda Berry. They were found safe in a home after being missing for a decade, authorities said. There were more questions than answers the day after the stunning turn of events that began with a frantic arm sticking out of a screen door, a woman screaming for help, and a neighbor kicking in the door to free her in a working-class neighborhood of the city in the American heartland. Ariel Castro and his brothers - Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50 have been detained, authorities said. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: Michelle Knight leaves the courtroom after Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus one thousand years for abducting three women on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Knight, abducted by Castro in 2002, addressed the court during the sentencing, telling Castro, 'I spent 11 years in hell, now your hell is just beginning.' (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: Photographs of Michelle Knight showing her (L-R) before her abduction, the day after her escape and in a video released on July 9, 2013 are displayed during Ariel Castro's sentencing at the Cleveland Municipal Courthouse on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro was sentenced to life without parole plus one thousand years for abducting three women between 2002 and 2004 when they were between 14 and 21 years old. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: Michelle Knight addresses the court during the trial of Ariel Castro on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro was in court awating his sentence for abducting three women, including Knight, from 2002 and 2004 when they were between 14 and 21 years old. The women escaped this past May. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: Michelle Knight leaves the courtroom after Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus one thousand years for abducting three women on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Knight, abducted by Castro in 2002, addressed the court during the sentencing, telling Castro, 'I spent 11 years in hell, now your hell is just beginning.' (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 09: Balloons and presents sit outside the home of kidnap victim Amanda Berry on May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Ariel Castro was arraigned on rape and kidnapping charges for abducting Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight and holding them for about 10 years. No charges were filed against Ariel's brothers, Onil or Pedro and they were released by the judge. Bail was set at $8 million for Ariel. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland security footage shows a white male repeatedly stalking the outside of the victim's house on May 14 and 15, the week prior to the abduction. On the day of the abduction, the unidentified male is seen approaching the home at about 4:18 a.m. and departing at around 4:29 a.m. with something in his arms — presumably the victim.

The FBI are searching for a serial child abductor who was caught on video.


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He held the six-year-old Cleveland victim for 17 hours and dropped her off a couple of miles from her home. She told authorities she rode in the front floorboard of her abductor's car so she wouldn't se where they were going and was taken to a residence. The victim was assaulted, but officials didn't delve into more detail.

"We're happy she's alive, but they didn't play Barbies," FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson told Cleveland.com.

In the other case, the suspect entered the 10-year-old victim's window in Elyria, about 30 miles from Cleveland, on Feb. 24 and grabbed her leg. The child was able to get free and run to her father.

Security footage at an Elyria residence shows doors and windows being opened at the house between 5:08 a.m. and 5:23 a.m. on the day before the attempted kidnapping. On the day of the attack, the footage shows multiple windows, including the victim's, being opened between 3:16 a.m. and 3:37 a.m.

The FBI are searching for a serial child abductor who was caught on video.


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It is possible that the suspect first sought out the families of the children through social media.

"It's really important for parents to know who their kids are talking to, know what information is being posted," Anderson told TODAY. "We lock our doors at night but we sure do put a lot of information on the computer."

The suspect drives a 2002 or 2003 Chevy Malibu, distinctive for its driver's side quarter panel that is a different color than the rest of the car, according to the FBI.

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