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January 16, 2014

Man snatches purse from woman pushing a stroller

HAVERHILL — Police said a woman who was walking home with her 2-year-old child in a stroller was approached by a young man in a hoodie. The man snatched her purse then ran away.

Police said the woman yelled for help, but when no one came to her aid she continued on her path and called police from her home.

Police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said the incident happened at 9:30 p.m. Monday. He said a woman in her 30s was on her way home from a store and was pushing a stroller on Cedar Street with her 2-year-old child when she noticed a man on the opposite side of the street talking on his cell phone.

Thompson said the woman was heading north on Cedar Street when suddenly the man approached her from behind and asked her for directions.

“He then pulled out a knife, pointed it at her and demanded her purse,” Thompson said.

The woman quickly lifted her child out of the stroller and moved away from the man, but the man grabbed her purse. He was last seen running up 5th Avenue towards Main Street. Thompson said the woman called police from her home and several police units responded. He said a search of the area failed to turn up a suspect.

The woman described her purse as black leather, about 15-inches long, with blue, green, purple and pink stones on both sides. The purse contained an undetermined amount of cash along with credit cards and other personal items.

The suspect is described as a man between the ages of 18 and 25 who was dressed in a hoodie. No other descriptive information was available.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police Lt. Robert Pistone at 978-373-1212, ext. 1568. You can also leave a message on the police anonymous tip line by dialing 978-373-1212 and following the prompts.

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