Philadelphia Police are on high alert today after an attempted abduction was caught on tape Tuesday in broad daylight.
The dramatic moment, recorded by a surveillance camera across the street, shows an unknown man sneak up behind a 10-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother, place his hand over the girl's mouth, and attempt to carry her away.
After a struggle, the girl falls to the ground and the man flees to his vehicle parked around the corner.
According to WXTF, the incident occurred on the 2400 block of Lee Street in South Philadelphia.
A press release issued by the Philadelphia Police describes the suspect as a Hispanic male, 5'9"-6'0", medium complexion, thin build, 30-40 years-of-age, thin mustache, short black curly hair, wearing a black short sleeve T-shirt, and blue pants.
“This is a sick individual, to do something like that,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to CBS Philly. “I want this creep off our streets immediately.”
Mayor Nutter also announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
According to NBC10, the man's vehicle is a late 1990's or early 2000's mid-sized white 4-door foreign car. The driver's side rear bumper has a black scuff mark and the left front fender wheel well is dented.
Police ask you to call 215-686-TIPS (8477) if you have any info about the incident, adds FOX29. If you see the suspect call 911 immediately.
Tips can also be texted to PPD Tip (773847) or can be submitted anonymously online.