NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A would-be purse snatcher got an unexpected battle when he threw a woman to the ground in Brooklyn.

The violent face-off was caught on camera around 9 p.m. Monday night on Granite Street in Bushwick.

A man jumped the 54-year-old woman from behind and grabbed her handbag, police said.

Surveillance video shows the man pull her to the ground as he tries to take her purse and then drags her along the sidewalk.

The victim managed to hold onto the purse until the man ran off empty-handed, police said.

Neighbors are concerned.

“If it happened to her who else could be the next victim?” one man said.

“I would’ve screamed, yelled, kicked, something to get my stuff back. I work way too hard for you to come and take my stuff,” Bushwick resident Cynthia Michaud said.

Police said she suffered scrapes and bruises in the struggle.

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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