Crime & Justice

8-year-old remains calm despite knife to her chest

An 8-year-old girl says she was afraid she'd die but remained calm as a man grabbed her and held a butcher knife to her chest in the doorway of the Echo Park Walgreen's.

Natanyah Garcia tells KABC-TV she thought it was "the end of the world" when he grabbed her from behind and held the knife inches from her chest Friday evening at the Echo Park Walgreen's.

The girl says she remained calm, explaining, "If I was acting crazy, he will act crazy."

She tells KNBC-TV that she wasn't ready to die yet because she wants to be a doctor.

Bystanders urged the man to drop the knife and run away. He finally did but was quickly arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and possessing methamphetamine.