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Newark Police investigate purse snatching on South College Avenue

Newark Police are investigating the report of a purse snatching that occurred around 10:28 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, at the parking lot of TGI Friday’s restaurant, located at 650 South College Ave.

A 40-year-old woman said she was leaving the restaurant and entering her vehicle. She had just finished placing her child in the car when she was approached by an unknown suspect, who grabbed onto her purse and tried to pull it away. During the struggle, the woman was knocked to the ground, and her purse was stolen. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction. The victim sustained minor injuries and did not seek medical attention at the scene.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 20 years old with a thin build, wearing baggy clothing and a blue zip-up hooded shirt with the hood up.

Anyone with additional information on this incident should contact Detective Daniel Bystricky at 302-366-7100 ext. 3136 or Daniel.Bystricky@cj.state.de.us . Anonymous tips can be texted to 302NPD with the message to TIP411. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or www.tipsubmit.com, where a reward may be available.

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