Man Wanted in Roanoke for Trying to Steal Purse

Roanoke, VA - Officials in Roanoke are looking for a man they say tried to take a purse from a 72-year-old woman Monday night.

The Roanoke Police Department says they found the victim at the 5000 block of Rutgers Street around 7:30 p.m. The 72-year-old woman said a man tried to grab her purse off her arm, causing the woman to fall to the ground. She says another person chased the man away, and he did not get away with the purse.

Officials say the woman suffered a cut on her arm and a bruise on her knee.

Police describe the man as white, 19-20 years old, 5'5" and about 130 lbs. He was wearing a black hoodie and dark blue pants.

If you have any information, officials ask that you call the Roanoke Police Department at

(540) 853-5959 or Crime Line at (540) 344-8500. Crime Line may offer a

monetary reward for any information leading to an arrest in a crime.