Stamford police seek brazen purse snatcher
STAMFORD — Police are looking for a purse snatcher who committed a brazen theft Monday night on a busy downtown street.
Police said a woman walking on lower Summer Street heading to the Bell Street parking garage heard footsteps running up behind her around 11 p.m. Monday. A man grabbed her purse and knocked the 38-year-old woman to the ground, police said.
The woman got up and yelled at the man, who ran off with her purse containing a small amount of cash. The woman, who declined medical attention, said the man appeared to be in his early 30s.
Downtown police Capt. Diedrich Hohn said it’s rare for a purse snatching in the area.
“Luckily, no one was hurt and it was unfortunate it had happened, but I am confident that we are doing everything to identify this suspect and bring him to account for his cowardly actions,” Hohn said.
It was a reminder, Hohn said, that people should always be aware of their surroundings, avoid being distracted by texting or speaking on the phone and women should always keep the purse securely affixed to their shoulder or under their arm for extra security.
Hohn said if your phone is taken, go to a nearby store or ask someone to call 911.