Minneapolis police search for abduction suspect

Minneapolis police are searching for a suspect who abducted a 7-year-old girl Saturday afternoon in north Minneapolis and later released her.

Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder says the girl was found by police two hours after her abduction, just two and a half blocks away. She had no visible signs of trauma.

The girl had been playing outside in the 3100 block of James Avenue North around 3 p.m. when a man approached.

"She was playing in her front yard with some friends her age. He walked up, said, 'Hey can you help me find my lost puppy?' or my lost dog or something similar to that and she went with him," Elder says.

There was no indication that the man knew the children he approached, Elder says.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-30s with a ruddy, splotchy complexion, who wore a dark-colored coat with a horizontal stripe.

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