A 12-year-old girl says she bit the man who tried to abduct her outside her East Arlington apartment Thursday and managed to get away.
Officers fanned out across the Place on the Park apartments in the 2000 block of East Pioneer Parkway to pass out fliers with a sketch of the attacker.
The victim spoke about what happened with her parents' permission, but NBC 5 is not naming her because of her age.
She said the incident happened late Thursday afternoon near the swimming pool.
"I stared at him, and he stared at me," she said.
She said he acted like he was tying his shoes, but then ran up behind her as she tried to get away.
"That's when he got me by the neck and covered my mouth," she said. "Then I started moving and every time I moved, he squeezed a little bit harder. And then I bit him. Then I started screaming. And then he left running."
The girl said she bit him on his hand.
She ran to her apartment and called police.
"This girl is paying attention," said Arlington police spokeswoman Cheryel Carpenter. "She's listening. She knows a lot. She did exactly the right things, and that's what we want."
Police described the man as Hispanic, in his 20s and clean-shaven with slightly curly hair that had gel in it. He was wearing a Dickies-type, short-sleeve shirt with a name patch on it and dark blue pants.
Officers said they have no reports of similar incidents in the area.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Arlington police.