VIDEO: Purse snatcher violently swings victim as he steals her bag in SW Houston

HOUSTON — Houston police released surveillance video Tuesday of an alleged purse snatcher violent swinging a woman to the ground as he stole her bag in the southwest Houston area, according to investigators.

The incident occurred shortly before 3:50 p.m. on Feb. 5.

The victim was leaving a pawn shop in the 13000 block of S. Post Oak Boulevard and walking towards her vehicle when a man reportedly approached her from behind. Investigators said the woman tried to hang on to her purse as the man forcibly grabbed it but was thrown to the ground. The suspect then ran off with the bag, police said.

The victim suffered minor injuries, including bruising and pain.

The suspect was described as a man between 23 to 25 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 155 to 170 pounds. He was wearing a dark gray coat and gray pants.

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