‘Attempted kidnapping’ of 10-year-old girl offered sweets is caught on camera

Police have released surveillance video of a 10-year-girl escaping in a suspected second kidnapping attempt in as many days.

Authorities say they continue to look for the suspect and said that the incidents occurred last Wednesday and Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The incidents occurred a short distance away from a primary and secondary school.

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The Fort Lauderdale Police Department said a man approached the young girl on her way to school on Wednesday and "attempted to lure her by offering candy, money and other items, which she declined".

Police said the suspect tried to grab the girl but she managed to run away and described the suspect as driving a black cargo-style van with sliding doors without windows.

The man allegedly made the second move to kidnap the girl the next morning after approaching the girl again while she was on her way to school, police said.

Police added that she "immediately ran away towards the school and away from the male" while surveillance footage showed the girl running away with the man disappearing around a corner.

A passer-by noticed the incident and told the girl to run and alert police just seconds before the girl was seen running away from the man on video, NBC Miami reports.

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The incident was reported to officials at Bennett Elementary School, which is situated on the same block where the girl was approached, according to Broward County Public School officials.

Police said the girl and did not report the initial incident until after the second suspected kidnapping occurred on Thursday.

The suspect has been described as a man between 30 and 40 years old between 5'10" to 6' tall, with receding short brown hair, who was seen wearing all-black clothes and glasses, police said.

They added: "These incidents are of great concern to us and we need your help finding the person responsible."


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