The Ithaca Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred around 8 a.m. Sunday in the 6-HUNDRED block of West Seneca Street.
While walking to church, a 71-year-old woman was approached from behind by a man who attempted to wrangle her purse from her shoulder as he ran past her. The victim stated the man was initially unsuccessful, but then turned around and knocked her to the ground, while a struggle continued over her purse. The man was able to grab a hold of the purse and take off on foot with it.
The suspect is described as a black male, thin build, unknown age and approximately 5’6 to 5’8″ tall. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and black pants. Inside the victim’s purse are rosary beads over 50 years old that hold sentimental value to the victim.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Ithaca Police.