Afternoon Newsletter

April 21, 2013

Woman robbed of purse at gunpoint in Merced

A 45-year-old woman reported being robbed of her purse at gunpoint Sunday morning in Merced, police said.

The incident was reported shortly after 8 a.m. on T Street near 10th Street in south Merced, according to Sgt. Bobby Chapman.

The victim, who works as in-home support services care provider, had just dropped off a client in the neighborhood. As she was returning to her car, she was confronted by the robber, who pointed a black semi-automatic gun at her, demanding her purse, Chapman said.

The woman complied with the robber's demands and handed over the purse. The robber fled on foot northbound on T Street.

The victim wasn't hurt during the robbery. The culprit is described as being a Black man, around 6-feet tall, with a medium build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black hat and blue jeans.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4702, or the department's automated tipline at (209) 385-4725. Tips are kept confidential and you can remain anonymous.

Tips can be sent via text message to TIP411 (847411). Include "COMVIP" in the text message.

— Sun-Star staff

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