Los Angeles Police Department Pacific division detectives are searching for a suspect who allegedly assaulted a woman while attempting to steal her purse in Venice last month.

The incident, which was caught on video surveillance, occurred at about 7:45 a.m. Sept. 19 when a white van entered the alleyway near Bernard and Rose avenues.

The suspect allegedly got out of the vehicle, approached a woman from behind as she walked alone down the street and attacked her as he tried to grab her purse from under her arm, police investigators said.

The man then violently threw the victim to the ground and punched her numerous times as she clutched her purse, police allege. When the victim refused to let go of her purse, the suspect allegedly continued to punch her and dragged her on the sidewalk, then into the street, police said.

Unable to take the bag from the woman, the suspect gave up and ran into the alley where he entered a getaway car driven by his accomplice, police said.

The victim suffered minor cuts and bruises to her eyes, shoulders and hips in the attack.

Police described the suspect as a Hispanic man who was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts, long white socks, and white tennis shoes with thick black shoelaces.

Surveillance video footage of the suspect is available at:


Anyone with additional information about this crime is urged to call LAPD Pacific division Robbery Unit Det. Alicia Elliott at (310) 482-6395, or (877) 527-3247 during non-business hours or on weekends. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at (800) 222-8477.