Man Arrested for Attacking Six-Year-Old Girl

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(Memphis) A Memphis man is in jail tonight accused of trying to kidnap a six-year-old girl walking home from school.

Police say it happened on Barron Ave.

The little girl was walking home when a man jumped out of the bushes, grabbed her by the neck and tried to drag her in.

Police say the six-year-old broke away, even though the man grabbed and ripped her backpack and even threw a glass bottle at her.

With a cut on her foot, police say the little girl told her crossing guard, who is also a police officer, what happened.

We're told that officer then spotted the man, Ronnie Faulkner, following another group of children down Getwell Road.

Police arrested him for assault and kidnapping.

 "I see him around and say 'hey' but I speak to everyone," said Darryl Sanders, who lives in the East Memphis neighborhood.

It turns out Faulkner is well- known in the area.

"Yeah we see him around," said a group of young adults.  "He`s schizophrenic. Real schizophrenic."

"He just walk up and down Getwell talking to himself," said Terrelle Greenlee, a local mom.

"He pulled a knife on me," said Vincent Grant at the corner of Getwell Road and New Willow.

People say Faulkner suffers from mental ilness and can get violent.  Some say that he has long neeeded to be off the streets and locked-up.

"He need to stay in jail. He need to stay in jail," said Grant.

"There is no excuse for putting your hands on a child," said Greenlee.

Faulkner is now being held in jail on a $50,000 bond.