Police have a surveillance video picture of a man they said tried to abduct a 7-year-old girl Monday night from the lobby of an Uptown hotel where her family was staying.

Police said, shortly before midnight on Monday, a mother and her two daughters were at the Omni Hotel registration desk.

According to police, the suspect came up from behind and grabbed the youngest girl so tightly, she told police she couldn't breathe or scream.

Police said when her older sister noticed, the mother turned around and yelled at the man, who had only gotten a few feet away before releasing the girl.

Police said he went down the hotel escalator, casually walked through the Overstreet Mall and exited through the Bank of America Plaza toward North Tryon Street.