Man steals purse in brazen NYC subway attack caught on camera

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NYPD is looking for a man caught on camera stealing a woman’s purse during a brazen Manhattan subway attack.

Surveillance video shows the incident, which happened at the West 163rd Street station near Saint Nicholas Avenue in Washington Heights at around 6 p.m. Thursday.

NYPD says the male suspect approached the victim, displayed a knife and tried to take her cellphone.

NYPD says the male suspect approached the victim, displayed a knife and tried to take her cellphone.
(NYPD Crime Stoppers)

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The male suspect approached the victim, a 43-year-old woman, displayed a knife and tried to take her cellphone, according to police.

The two were involved in a brief struggle before the man grabbed the woman’s purse instead and ran away. 

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The purse was later recovered, but money that was previously inside it was gone. The victim was not injured during the mugging. 

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Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. 

Police say all calls are strictly confidential.



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