A 13-year-old girl was attacked by an unknown man in an unprovoked attack in Brooklyn last week, police say.
The NYPD says the 13-year-old girl was walking on Quentin Road in Marine Park last Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. when a 40-something-year-old man came up from behind her, grabbed her neck and slapped her in the face.
No words were exchanged and the man ran off in unknown direction, police said. The girl suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
The suspect and the victim do not know each other, according to officials.
Neighbors were shocked, noting that teens and tweens usually feel safe to walk around Quentin Road by themselves, especially in broad daylight.
"There's a high school, junior high school and elementary school, all within six, seven blocks of here," said Paul Podell.
"It's awful," said Michael Joffe of Willowbrook. "I mean, you definitely wouldn't expect it here. You wouldn't expect it anywhere, really."
Witnesses are urged to call Crime Stoppers with tips.