Surveillance video captured a 10-year-old girl running away from a possible kidnapping attempt in Fort Lauderdale. The police are asking for help in identifying the suspect



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Police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of trying to kidnap a 10-year-old girl last week and have released surveillance footage of the alleged incident.

In the image, the child appears to be running quickly down a residential street, eventually slowing down as he gets away from the street corner. Shortly after the girl exits the frame of the video, a male police officer with the suspect running to the corner, suddenly stops and continues down the street in the direction of the girl, before turning around and walking in the opposite direction.

The video appears to come from a residence down the street.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department said this is the second encounter between the suspect and the child, as the man tried to lure the little girl with candy and money.

The first attempt happened on Wednesday when the boy was walking to school and a man approached him and started offering him things, police said.

“He tried to catch the suspect, but luckily he was able to get away,” the police department posted on Facebook, adding: “It happened again Thursday morning. The young girl was approached by the same male on her way to school, this time on foot. Run away immediately. he went towards the school and away from the men.’

Authorities believe the suspect is in his 30s to 40s and appears to be about 5’10” and six feet tall, with a medium build. He has brown hair and may have a gray mustache or a scar on the left side of his face, police said.

The suspect may be driving a black cargo van with sliding doors, police said. The vehicle may have large rust spots on the underside and damage to the rear light and door.

Fort Lauderdale police told CNN they do not believe the suspect has any prior ties to the girl or her family.

Broward County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.