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April 03, 2017

WATCH: Bicyclist snatches purse from elderly woman in North Philly

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040317_Bikepursesnatch Source/Philadelphia Police Department

Robber approached 80-year-old purse snatching victim along the 500 block of Hunting Park Avenue on March 29, 2017.

Philadelphia police are seeking help from the public to identify a man who brazenly robbed an 80-year-old woman last week in North Philadelphia, snatching a purse from her as he rode by on a bicycle.

Authorities said the incident, captured by a surveillance camera, took place March 29 in the 500 block of West Hunting Park Avenue. At around 8:10 p.m., the suspect casually pedaled past the victim, ripping her purse away and riding off in the opposite direction toward 6th Street.

Investigators said the victim was returning home from a trip to a nearby corner store when the strongarm robbery occurred. She suffered minor injuries during the brief struggle.

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Police described the suspect as a black or Hispanic male with short dark hair and a scruffy beard. He was riding a BMX style bike.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact East Detectives at 215-686-3253.