Elderly Woman Holds Her Own Against Purse Snatcher on Upper East Side, Video Shows

An elderly woman courageously fought off a thief trying to steal her purse, newly released video shows. Tracie Strahan reports.

(Published Friday, Jan. 12, 2018)

What to Know

  • 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 released surveillance images of the suspects. NYPD

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.

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