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Purse Snatcher Targets Elderly Women in Broad Daylight

By Tom Liddy | October 16, 2011 1:19pm

MANHATTAN — Cops are on the hunt for a purse snatcher who has been knocking elderly women to the ground in East Harlem in broad daylight.

Police said that the suspect, described as 20-25 years old and 5-foot-9, approaches the victims from behind on the sidewalk and then knocks them down before fleeing with their purses.

In the first instance, he targeted an 80-year-old woman near 325 E. 106th St. on Oct. 2 at 2:10 p.m.  Then, on Oct. 13, at 1 p.m., he allegedly attacked a 72-year-old woman at 309 E. 108th St.

Both victims sustained minor injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), log onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.