A 20-year-old woman was robbed of her purse Wednesday night while walking to her car in the 1300 block of West Olive Avenue, Merced police reported.
The incident was reported shortly after 10 p.m. in a parking lot near the Sizzler/Save Mart shopping center, according to Lt. Bimley West.
The woman is an employee at a business and was walking to her car after getting off work. She was approached by the robber, described as a Hispanic male in his late teens or early 20s. The robber demanded her purse and grabbed it, West said.
The victim had her purse strapped to her shoulder and struggled to hold onto it. The robber continued to pull the purse and she started screaming. During the struggle, the victim fell to the ground and the suspect was able to rip the purse from her grasp and flee.
The robber was last seen running toward Olive Avenue. The woman's purse contained a small amount of cash and various personal items.
The victim didn't sustain any visible injuries and West said police are looking into whether there's video footage of the incident.
The woman usually has someone accompany her to the car at night, West said, although Wednesday she unfortunately walked alone. West said employees should always have a plan to ensure no one is walking alone to their car at night. "They all have to work together to maintain a good level of safety, especially in the parking lot," West said.
The suspect was described at being between 5-feet-5-inches and 5-feet-7-inches tall, wearing a white shirt and blue pants.
Police are asking anyone with information may call Merced Police Department Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4702 or send an anonymous tip via text message to TIP411 (847411) using the keyword "comvip."
-- Sun-Star staff