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Suspect sought in two Near West Side purse snatchings

Staff report

3:51 PM CST, January 5, 2012

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Another University of Illinois at Chicago student has been attacked during an attempted purse snatching, one day after a separate attack during which a student was knocked to the ground and her handbag taken in the same neighborhood.

The most recent attack occurred at 3:18 p.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of South Lytle Street in an off-campus area, according to a UIC statement issued on their website.

The student was walking south when a silver SUV stopped abreast of her. The suspect exited the vehicle and tried to pull her purse from her grasp. But she held firm, as witnesses began to yell. The suspect fled to the SUV without the purse and headed west on Lexington Street, the statement said.

She had a “good hold” on the pink purse, according to police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan, who said the “petite” victim is in her 20s. She was not hurt.

In a separate but very similar incident that occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, a female student was on the 1400 block of West Lexington Street when a man jumped out of a white SUV and demanded her purse, an earlier UIC statement said.

He grabbed the handbag and knocked her to the ground. The robber then fled northbound on Loomis Street in the SUV, police said. The student was not injured during the robbery.  

UIC police described the robber as a black man about 18 to 23, 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black skull cap.

A Community Alert issued by Harrison Area detectives said the robber has a short hairstyle and a dark complexion.

Anyone with information about the robberies should contact UIC police, 312-996-2830 or Harrison Area detectives, 312-746-8253.

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