Man Sought In Eight Purse Snatchings In The Bronx

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD is looking for a suspected purse snatcher who they say has been targeting women in the Bronx.

The man has struck at least eight times within a 10-block area of Bedford Park since early October, police said.

The suspect more recently attacked Monday, snatching a purse from a 64-year-old woman just before 6 a.m. on Valentine Avenue and East 204 Street.

The victims range in age from 22 to 66.

One victim described an encounter with the suspect to CBS2’s Alice Gainer.

“He just took everything; my phone, my money, everything, my card,” she said.

In several of the incidents the victims fell or were pushed to the ground and sustained minor injuries.

“I don’t have a purse, I don’t have earrings on or rings,” Sylvia Garcia said.

One woman said she never carries anything of value on her anymore.

“For the past year there’s been a lot of strange things going on around here,” she said.

Others were surprised to hear about the thefts.

“We walk at night and day, never, nothing happened,” a woman said.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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