6-year-old girl attacked by homeless man in Santa Monica

A family remains shaken up after a homeless man brutally attacked a 6-year-old girl

The girl’s family, who was visiting California from the East Coast,

was walking along Main Street on March 10 when the attack happened.

As they exited an ice cream shop, the suspect,

who was sitting at a nearby bus stop, suddenly approached them.

Without provocation, he struck the young girl in the face and knocked her to the ground.

“It was awful,” said Christina Tullock, a friend of the girl’s family who had been showing them around town.

“I was afraid he was going to hit her again. I was afraid that my friend was going to get hurt protecting his kid.

I picked her up and we ran as far away as we could get quickly.”