Chilling Video Shows Man With Knife Sneaking Up on Woman, Stealing Purse

Video shows him chasing his victim, then their shadows can be seen as they struggle

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    Police released this video of a man with a knife chasing a woman down an Astoria street before he steals her bag. (Published Tuesday, March 25, 2014)

    Police are looking for a knife-wielding purse snatcher who followed a woman down an Astoria street before grabbing her bag.

    The suspect approached the 36-year-old woman from behind near 38th Street at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

    The chilling video shows him sneaking up on her with a knife in the air, and then shows their shadows as they struggle over the bag.

    He fled in a black vehicle, police said.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.