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Man accused of multiple purse snatchings in Brooklyn: police

Posted: 11:19 PM, Feb 05, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-05 23:19:30-05

BATH BEACH, Brooklyn — A man is wanted in connection with a pair of Brooklyn robberies over the past few weeks, according to police.

The first incident took place on January 19 at around 5:50 p.m. on Bay Ridge Avenue. The unidentified man approached an 81-year-old woman and forcibly removed her purse. When she resisted, the man shoved her to the ground, causing her to hit her head on a metal fence.

The victim sustained swelling on her head and cuts to her hands. The unidentified man fled northbound towards 10th Avenue with the purse. It contained about $5, credit cards, a bank book and a social security card.

The second incident took place on January 24 at around 8:18 p.m. on Bay 25th Street in Bath Beach. A 66-year-old woman was walking home when the man knocked her to the ground and took her purse. He fled the scene in an unknown direction with $100, multiple bank and credit cards and her cell phone.

The victim sustained minor injuries but refused medical attention.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of this individual 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 CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM [nypdcrimestoppers.com] or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.