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An elderly woman fought off a purse snatcher inside an apartment building on the Upper East Side on Tuesday, new video shows
Police said the woman fell to the ground during the struggle with the suspect and the robber took off after she screamed for help
Officials said they later determined the same two men, along with a third, were part of a similar robbery last month on a 23-year-old woman
An elderly woman courageously fought off a thief trying to steal her purse, newly released video shows.
The video released by the NYPD shows the 80-year-old woman inside a building on the Upper East Side Tuesday around 8 p.m. when a man suddenly grabs her purse and tries to make a getaway with it.
Police said the woman fell to the ground during the struggle with the suspect. She screamed out for, according to police, and the would-be thief quickly ran off once a man ran out of his apartment to help.
A second man, who officials said was standing outside as a lookout, ran away with the suspect.
Police said they later determined the same two men, along with a third, were part of a similar robbery last month. A 23-year-old woman tried to fight back against the trio, but they ultimately shoved her to the ground and ran away with her purse. They also got away with headphones and $180, according to officials.
Both women suffered minor injuries, but were not hospitalized, authorities said.
Anyone with information about the suspects should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.