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Man snatches purse on Main Street

Merced police are looking for a scruffy-looking bicyclist who grabbed a woman's purse Monday afternoon at West Main and N streets.

Lt. Bimley West of the Merced Police Department said Carolyn Dudek, 62, was unhurt when she was approached about 4:12 p.m. by a white male adult riding a bicycle.

West said Dudek told officers she was at the north side crosswalk of West Main Street, waiting for the traffic signal light to change so that she could cross N Street. During this time the unidentified robber rode up next to her on his bicycle and grabbed her medium-sized purse that was under her arm.

She struggled with the suspect to prevent him from taking her purse, but he overpowered her and snatched it from her hand. He then quickly rode away with the purse on his bicycle northbound on N Street. Dudek had a small amount of cash and other personal items in her purse when it was stolen, West said.

The robber is described as about 20 to 25 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and wearing a white, blue or gray hooded sweatshirt.

West said detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying the suspect. Those with information are asked to call the confidential tip line at 209 385-4725 or call Det. Sgt. Scott Skinner at 209 385-4702.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger can be reached at 209 385-2485 or