Man Asks Woman for Directions, Then Snatches Purse

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AKRON, Ohio — Police are asking for help identifying the man who reportedly slapped a woman in the face and then grabbed her purse Tuesday.

Akron police say it happened in her own driveway in the 100 block of Pocantico Avenue just before 1 p.m.

Police said the 27-year-old female was approached by the suspect while standing in her driveway. The suspect asked for directions, and then slapped her and grabbed the purse off her shoulder.

The suspect then ran southbound toward Stull Avenue.

The woman suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

The suspect is described as a black male between 23 and 28 years old, 5’8″ tall and weighing 130 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police.

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