NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for a suspect who they said punched a woman in the face and then stole her purse.

It happened Tuesday just before 4:30 p.m. on Allen Street on the Lower East Side.

The suspect followed a 25-year-old woman into a building at 50 Allen Street, punched her twice in the face and took her purse, police said. He then fled east on Allen Street.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man between 35 and 40-years-old. He was wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.

Anyone with information should call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or visit

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