A federal grand jury has handed down an indictment against 40-year-old Michael Bowen, Jr. for kidnapping two young girls.


Bowen faces two felony kidnapping charges for snatching a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old while they were riding their bicycles home from Safeway on Aug. 1.


Bowen admitted to taking the girls “to scare the parents” because he thought the girls were “too young to be out there on their own,” according to court documents.


Despite Bowen’s confession, the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Alaska is asking for the public’s help as they continue their investigation into the kidnapping.


The girls’ mother told authorities she tried to call her older daughter’s cell phone while they were with Bowen, who reportedly snatched it from the 9-year-old as it rang, court documents show. Now the FBI is looking for the phone, an HTC “with a small crack in the bottom of the phone” and in an Otterbox case, as shown in the photo above.


The FBI also provided photos of Bowen and the vehicle he was driving prior to his arrest.


Anyone in the Fairbanks and North Pole area who has seen the phone or has additional information about Bowen is asked to contact the FBI at 907-276-4441.