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News - April 17, 2013

Pedestrian robbed of purse

A late afternoon stroll along a bike bridge in Menlo Park cost a woman her purse, according to police.

The 56-year-old victim was walking with another woman around 4:30 p.m. on April 8, police said. As the pair crossed the San Mateo Drive bike bridge, a man approached and said something they couldn't understand. He then ripped the victim's purse from her shoulder and engaged in a tug of war with the pair until he snatched it away and fled west on Bay Laurel Drive, according to the report.

Witnesses described the suspect as a Hispanic man between 18 to 22 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with an average build, short hair and dark eyes. He was wearing jeans and a long-sleeve denim shirt.

Police said no one was hurt. The purse contained $100 cash and two cellphones.

— Sandy Brundage


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