NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A 12-year-old girl got the scare of a lifetime when a stranger tried to yank her away from her mother in Queens Thursday night.

It all happened in front of the Key Food near 214th Avenue and Jamaica Avenue at around 7 p.m.

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As CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported, the incident has parents in Queens Village on edge.

“It’s really frightening, it’s really frightening,” one parent said.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare; the girl and her mother were walking along when a man grabbed the girl’s arm and said “You’re coming with me” in Spanish, according to authorities.

The girl managed to pull away from the suspect, who took off.

It was nerve-wracking for people in the neighborhood.

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“If that happened to someone else, that could be my child, you understand,” Finer Joachin said.

“it makes me nervous, but she needs to know. i know the dangers, she needs to understand the dangers,” Yvette Ivory said.

Ivory said what happened here is yet another teachable moment for her 9-year-old daughter.

“She has a habit of walking ahead and I tell her, it just takes a second for someone to snatch you up and throw you int he car and drive away,” she said.

The girl gave police a detailed description of the attacker, who has a cross tattoo on his forehead and a scar on his left cheek. He was wearing a red t-shirt and black hat.

Police do not believe the attempt was part of any pattern in the area.

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Anyone with any information about the attempted kidnapping can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also log on to the Crime Stoppers website, or text a tip to TIP577 and then enter 247637 (CRIMES).