Police arrested a man who tormented a young girl and tried to grab her Monday morning as she walked through Greenwich Village on her way to school, authorities said.
Witnesses saw the man harassing the girl near Sixth and Greenwich avenues as she tried to avoid him just before 7 a.m.
The man grabbed her several times while muttering to himself as passers-by screamed at him to leave the girl alone and for someone to call the cops.
A woman was seen trying to separate the man from the girl, who was cowering in fear behind her.
The suspect then took off down Greenwich Avenue before making a left onto Christopher Street, where police approached him minutes later. He got down on his knees and began to pray with a Bible before getting back to his feet and running a few more blocks.
Police nabbed him a short time later near the Stone Wall Inn on Christopher Street.
A police spokesman did not immediately have details on the man’s arrest.
The girl, who did not appear to be harmed, continued on her way to school. It was unclear if police have spoken to her about the incident.