The man is seen in police footage picking the 8-year-old boy up from behind and trying to walk away
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Oklahoma police are looking for a man shown on surveillance footage trying to abduct an 8-year-old boy from a school wrestling competition, police say.

Oklahoma City Police said in a statement that they received a call of an attempted child abduction at the State Fairgrounds on Friday.

“A man picked up the eight year-old child and tried to walk away with him,” police said in the statement. “When the child began to kick and scream, the man put the child down and left.”

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Surveillance photos showed the man, wearing a vest, sweatpants and hat, picking up the child from behind and trying to walk away as another child looked on. The boy, dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, appeared to struggle.

Police have described the suspect as a six-foot-tall, heavy-set Native American or Hispanic man, according to OKC Fox.

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Police have asked that anyone with any information regarding the case contact authorities, noting that they could earn a cash reward.