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Man Attempts to Steal Woman’s Purse in Williamsburg, Thwarted by Good Samaritans, Police Say

Released by NYPD

Jan. 31, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

The NYPD is searching for a man who tried to rip away a woman’s purse in Williamsburg on Monday.

The attempted robbery happened at around 9:20 a.m. on Jan. 29 near Berry and N.4th Streets, when the man allegedly snuck up behind a 40-year-old woman and tried to grab away her purse, police said.

The woman held on to the purse as the man continued trying to wrench it away, and was eventually helped by two good Samaritans who heard her screams for help, police said.

The man then fled west on N. 4th Street by foot and empty handed, according to police.

The NYPD describes the suspect as black, between 18 to 20 years old, and with a height of 5’10”. He was last seen wearing a green parka with a fur-lined hood, a black hooded sweater, black pants, and purple and yellow sneakers. He was also carrying a black and white backpack.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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