NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police in Harlem are looking for a man who they said was caught on camera throwing a woman to the ground and robbing her.

It happened just after 2 a.m. on West 138th Street back on Aug. 2 and was all caught on video, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.

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Police said the man walked up to a 24-year-old woman from behind, threw her to the ground, kicked and punched her. He then took her purse and iPhone and ran away, police said.

The woman was not badly hurt and refused medical attention.

“I was sickened. I was sickened,” said Harlem resident Wayne Edelman. “It could have been my wife — I have two young girls, not a pretty sight.”

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One resident said that although the neighborhood has improved, she wasn’t surprised to hear about the robbery.

“There’s always mishaps from time to time, there’s really no getting around,” she told 1010 WINS Carol D’Auria. “I think you need to be aware of your surroundings in New York City, period.”

Investigators released the surveillance video of the incident.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visit or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.