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LAPD Seeks Assistance in Violent Attempted Purse Snatching in Venice

Caught on Tape: Violent Attempt Purse Snatch in Venice Area

(Warning: The video contains the graphic attack on the woman.)

The Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division detectives have released video today of a man wanted in a violent attempt purse snatch robbery on September 19, 2010 in Venice.

The incident happened around 7:45 a.m. when a white van entered the alleyway near Bernard and Rose Avenues. According to investigators, a man got out of the vehicle, approached a lone woman from behind as she walked down the street and attacked her as he tried to grab her purse from under her arm.

The suspect violently threw the victim to the ground and punched her numerous times as she clutched her purse. When the victim refused to let go of her purse, the suspect continued to punch her and dragged her on the sidewalk, then into the street.

The suspect gave up, ran into the alley where he entered a getaway car driven by his accomplice.

The victim suffered minor cuts and bruises to her eyes, shoulders and hips.

The suspect is describes as a male Hispanic. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts, long white socks, and white tennis shoes with thick black shoe laces.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Pacific Division Robbery Unit Detective Alicia Elliott at (310) 482-6395. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

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