Armed Purse Snatcher Strikes Again on Upper West Side: NYPD

Police say a woman wanted in a pair of purse-snatchings on the Upper West Side early this year has struck again.

The suspect approched a 33-year-old woman as she was walking on 105th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, according to police. 

The robber was armed with a knife and demanded a purse from the victim, police said. The victim ran away, leaving the suspect empty-handed, and the suspect fled the scene. 

The suspect is also wanted in similar robberies from early this year: on Jan 18, she targeted a 72-year-old woman walking in the area of West 89th Street and Riverside Driver, and got away with her purse. On Feb. 28, she sat next to a 62-year-old woman sitting on a bench in the area of West 84th Street and Riverside Drive, but fled empty-handed when the victim said she had no money and began to scream. 

The suspect was armed with a knife in all cases. No one was hurt in any of the incidents.

The wanted woman is described as being in her mid-20s and about 5 feet to 5 feet 5 inches. In the most recent incident, her fingernails were painted green with diamonds on them.

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

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