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Another attempted purse snatching on Long Island

December 1, 2010 12:09:05 PM PST
There has been another purse-snatching attack fitting a pattern of violent robberies targeting women on Long Island.

Police are again stepping up their search for the pair of purse snatchers before they strike again.

The suspects have been targeting women across Nassau County, even an 81-year-old. They strike at night, when their victims are walking alone.

In the latest robbery in Baldwin Tuesday night, police say a man targeted a 56-year-old woman in her driveway. He attacked her from behind, but she fought back, sending the suspect running.

Police haven't found him yet.

Investigators say this crime matches a pattern of purse snatchings carried out by two men over the last few months. The muggings started in late October. Since then, they have robbed at least 10 women.

They choose victims who are leaving train stations and stores, or who are standing by themselves, sometimes right in front of their homes.

Police say the robbers use strong-arm tactics, following the women and then pushing them down to the ground.

The suspects targeted 81-year-old Kathleen Samperi last month. Like the most recent victim, she was mugged in her driveway. She suffered a bruised wrist while wrestling with one of the robbers.

"I was angry," she said. "I was mad. I was yelling."

Anyone with information regarding the suspects is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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