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LAPD releases video of attempted purse snatching in Venice


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

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wow - way to hang on to the purse - she should try out for the NFL - nobody could get the football from her (just kidding lady, hope you are ok)


Damn that's messed up.

Why are 98% of crime photos and crime shots of persons of color?

What a coward... typical to go for the defenseless woman and be denied! What a girl. Nice video coverage of the van should pick her up soon based on the footage and license plate info. Glad to hear the ladies ok.

lol what a joke, they should've left his weak ass there.

Can't believe we haven't heard that these guys have been picked up yet! Also weak.

I am the 5ft1", 99lb woman in the video. I had just moved to Los Angeles 36hrs before this happened, but used to live on that very corner 18 years ago with no problems at all. Anyway, they still don't have him, hence the news blast.

It is important we are all aware, but also important we don't live in fear and lose that innocence. I was lucky and am ok. I really do think it was a random thing. I only fought as much as I did because there was something in the bag of no monetary worth, but huge, irreplaceable sentimental value. Some people on other blogs have suggested I should have been packing. If I had a gun on me I can pretty much guarantee I would have been shot with it by him, and there would be 1 more armed nut running wild. Less guns on the streets please!

Venice can still be a safe, wonderful place, and the community has rallied around. What you don't see on the video is a complete stranger running after the guy once I alerted people on Rose Ave that I had been attacked. The owners of the surveillance video shared the footage with the police minutes after the attack. The police and paramedics were great, and these forums are really helpful too. I hope it leads to them catching this f*cker so he doesn't do this to someone else. Shine on Venice!


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