Southfield police search for purse snatcher

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published May 15, 2019

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SOUTHFIELD — A woman was robbed of her purse while walking on a local street recently.

According to a police report, the theft occurred at around 1:40 p.m. April 24 in front of a home in the 18000 block of Westhaven Avenue.

The woman told police that she was walking home from a local grocery store when a man snuck up behind her and forcibly removed her purse, which was hanging from her left wrist.

After snatching the purse, the man fled west on Westhaven and jumped over a chain-link fence at the west end of the street.

Police said the woman’s left middle fingernail was broken off, and she had a small abrasion on her wrist as a result of the confrontation.

A witness told police that he saw the suspect following the victim, walking approximately 10 feet behind her as she walked west on Westhaven.

“Moments later, he heard the victim yelling for help, and Southfield police were called,” police said in the report.

The suspect is described as a 24-year-old black man with a thin build and a short black Afro. He is around 6 feet tall, police said.

During the incident, he was wearing a black T-shirt, black sweatpants with a white stripe running down the side, and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information on the suspect or his whereabouts is asked to call the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5500.

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