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LAPD releases video of attempted purse snatching in Venice

September 29, 2010 |  4:32 pm


Los Angeles police Wednesday released a video showing a man attacking a woman in Venice Sept. 19 as she tried to prevent him from stealing her purse.

In the footage, the suspect can be seen throwing the woman onto a sidewalk and punching her as he tries unsuccessfully to grab her purse before running away. The attack occurred about 7:45 a.m. near Bernard and Rose avenues, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The woman suffered minor cuts and bruises to her eyes, shoulders and hips, the LAPD said.

The attacker was wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts, long white socks with white tennis shoes and thick black shoe laces.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Alicia Elliott at (310) 482-6395. During non-business hours and on weekends, callers can leave a message at (877) LAPD-24-7.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Video: Attempted purse snatching in Venice. Credit: LAPD