Woman robbed while waiting for bus: ‘Out of nowhere he snatched it and ran’

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CLEVELAND-- A woman was the victim of a crime early Monday morning at a bus stop at East 116th and Corlett Ave. in Cleveland.

Maryam Shabazz, 20, told FOX 8 she was waiting for the bus after a long day at work and a trip to the neighborhood to visit her aunt.  "A man came up and asked me if I knew what time it was, and I told him the time. Then he asked me what time the bus was coming and I said no I didn't."

Shabazz said she followed her mom's advice and had her purse secured, but she was also carrying a satchel over her shoulder that contained her ID and other essentials. She said the stranger at the bus stop was standing directly behind her listening to music.

"Out of nowhere, he just snatched it and ran and it was more so, what can I do? I don't know what to do, because if I chase you, what if you have a gun?" Shabazz said.

Shabazz said the suspect appeared to be in his early 30s, and was of average height and build; but there was one thing that stood out about him: He was missing a tooth.

She is hoping that someone out there will help Cleveland police track down the robber.