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Henderson Police Hunt Child Kidnapping Suspect

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A man wanted for kidnapping a Henderson girl and holding a cab driver hostage is still on the run. Police have released surveillance video from that day with the hope that someone will help them find him.

28-year-old Matthew Hayward may be in California, but police believe he could also be headed back to Henderson. A local gas station employee says the suspect was in his store Saturday with the little girl, but they seemed like the average customer.

"It was around 1 o'clock in the afternoon. She didn't appear to be distressed or anything, according to the cashier. But then again, you never can tell," said gas station Assistant Manager James Wellesely.

Video of Hayward 1, 2 & 3

Hayward took 7-year-old Kayla Proctor from a Henderson apartment and drove off. After his car broke down on US-95 near Russell, police say Hayward and the little girl walked about a quarter mile to a Sinclair gas station.

Hayward called an Ace cab and once inside, pulled a knife on the driver, forcing him to drive to Barstow, California. Once in Barstow, Hayward ordered the cab driver and the girl out of the vehicle and took off.

Video from inside the cab was released by police.

"The public is really the eyes and ears of the police department. Someone will happen to see him wandering around walking around doing whatever, they'll be like, 'Hey, that guy looks like the suspect in this case,' and they'll contact the police," said Henderson Police spokesman Keith Paul.

Police say the cab was later found in a parking lot in Barstow. Both the cab driver and girl were not harmed.

Proctor was returned to her family this weekend.