St. Roch purse snatching, carjacking may be connected

St. Roch purse snatching, carjacking may be connected

Police are searching for a man accused of punching a woman in the face then stealing her purse.

According to police, a 29-year-old woman was walking near the intersection of St. Claude Avenue and Spain Street around 11:30 p.m. when the male suspect approached her. The victim said the man smiled, then punched her in the face and grabbed her purse, containing her car keys, driver's license and cell phone. The suspect then ran from the scene.

The victim went to a friend's house where she called police. The next day, the victim discovered her car was missing when she returned home. The car was described as a 2008 red Suzuki SX4 Sport with the license plate number XZP307. It has a maroon colored bike rack on the trunk.

Anyone with information that can help solve this crime is asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.

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