CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Police are searching for a man who tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl while she was on her way to school on Cleveland’s west side Wednesday morning.
"He keeps saying, 'Come on,' and I'm resisting, I'm pulling, but he's stronger than me, so the first thing that comes to mind is, 'This could be my last day of life, and I don't want it to be,' " the girl told Fox 8 News.
Fox 8 News is not identifying the girl because of her age and the nature of the attack.
"Police are asking today for the public's help in locating a man who attempted to abduct a 12-year-old girl," said Det. Jennifer Ciaccia, of the Cleveland Police Department.
It happened after the girl got off the RTA train on West 154th Street near Puritas Avenue about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday.
The girl said he followed her out of the train station and down West 154th Street.
"Then he comes up behind me, grabs my arm and pushed me off the sidewalk into the grass,” she said.
She said she fought back, and he briefly let go.
She tried to run for it, but wasn't fast enough.
"So he was able to come up behind me and grab me and yank me back, and he held me up against the fence, and he raise his hand like he was going to hit me, and I'm thinking, 'This is about to hurt,' " she said.
Just then, a man drove down the street in a grey car saw the struggle, she said.
"He asked me, 'Are you OK? Is anything going on? Is everything alright here?' And I'm just like, 'I need to get to school. I need to call my mom, call the police,' whatever I have to so, so I just screamed, 'Thank you!' and started running," she said.
The girl says the man is tall with a receding hairline and appeared to be in his 30s.
She said he has very prominent cheeks, and his eyes looked as if he was having a hard time keeping them open.
"I hope that even if it's family they turn him in because I don't know if he's done it to somebody before or if he's going to try and do it again," her mother, Lisa Williams, said.
"Please, turn him in because this happened to me and I got away, but the next person, the next little girl might not get away," the girl said.
She and her mother also want to thank the man who drove up and yelled, which caused the attacker to run off.
They credit him for saving her.
Anyone with information on who the attempted kidnapper should call Cleveland Police First District Detective Joyce at (216) 623-5464.