The attack, on 36th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 65th Steet, was similar to one that occurred on Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day – at 32nd Avenue Northeast and Northeast 60th Street, according to a police report.
Wednesday’s attack involved a 65-year-old woman who had gotten off the bus and was walking north on 36th Avenue shortly before 3 p.m., police say.
“She was attacked from behind by an unknown male suspect wearing a black mask, black hoodie and jeans. The suspect forcefully grabbed the victim’s purse in an attempt to steal it. As the victim attempted to retain her purse the suspect pulled out a knife and cut the purse straps and in doing so cut the victim’s hand. The suspect fled the scene on foot with the victim’s purse, running northbound on 36th Avenue and then westbound on Northeast 68th Street,” according to a police release.
The release said it’s unclear what race the attacker is, but that he appeared to be in his 20s, 5-foot-9, and 150 pounds, with a thin build.
In the earlier report on Feb. 14th, a neighbor was out for a walk at about 2 p.m. when he noticed a suspicious man near the ally in the 3400 block of Northeast 62nd Street, according to a police report.
A few blocks later the man walked up behind him and used a knife to cut his wallet pocket, the report states. The victim was thrown against a concrete retaining wall, with scratches to his arm, and the attacker ran down the alley.
That suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, 5-foot-10 and 130 pounds.