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Jim Dolan reports from Brownsville. (WABC)

A little girl walking to school was suddenly terrified out of her mind when a man she didn't know started talking to her and tried to touch her hand in a Brownsville, Brooklyn park.

Police are now issuing a warning to parents.

Betsy Head Park is just a flat stretch of barren blacktop in Brownsville, deserted after dusk.

But Tuesday morning, a 10-year-old girl was walking there on her way to school when the man approached her.

As the suspect neared the victim, he commented on the victim's hair and backpack and then attempted to touch her hand. She pulled her hand away from him and ran away.

It sounded eerily familiar to an incident there last summer.

"Someone tried to take the little boy and I ran up the block, me and her ran up the block, and we saved her son. We basically attempted to stop the man but he was talking crazy,"

Police are patrolling in cars and even on foot, but neighbors say there is still a disturbing amount of violence and crime, some of it directed at children.

It is a whole neighborhood right now, where many just don't feel safe on the streets alone.

"We walk these streets and we stick together basically. We don't, we never depart. If she wants to go to the store, I go the store with her, if I want to go to the store, she goes to the store with me, I just don't feel that we should walk the streets by ourselves at nighttime," a resident said.

"When I first moved here everything was shocking to me, it was like so much violence and drama, and I didn't expect it because I wasn't used to it, but you can't say you get to it. (It's a tough way to grow up.) Yes it is," another resident said.

The suspect is described as 5'10", medium build, dark complexion and short dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a navy blue jacket, light blue jeans and tan work boots.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

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