VIDEO: 81-Year-Old Woman Suffers Brain Bleed After Attempted Purse Snatching

29December 2021

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — St. Paul police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who attempted to steal a purse out of an 81-year-old woman’s hand, injuring her in the process.

According to police, the incident occurred “in broad daylight” last Thursday afternoon at a Walgreens on the 1100 block of Larpenteur Avenue West.

Police shared a video on social media showing the attempted purse snatching. In the video, a woman is seen walking into the store when a person comes up from behind and grabs her purse and pulls her out of view.

Police say she fell to the ground, hitting her head, but “she’s tough and didn’t give up her purse or the money inside.” She suffered a brain bleed and other injuries, but should be out of the hospital soon.

Now, police are asking for information to identify the suspect.

“She did miss Christmas with her family. We want to help get her justice,” police said.

The suspect was wearing distinct jeans with pre-cut holes in the knees, a black-hooded jacket and distinct brown shoes that are possibly slippers.

Anyone with information is asked to call St. Paul police at 651-266-5650.

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