THE VILLAGE -- Robbers attempting to grab the purse of a woman broke her arm Tuesday in an attack just adjacent to the downtown La Mesa trolley station.
La Mesa police said just before 9 a.m. Tuesday a woman was walking along the sidewalk adjacent to 4700 Spring St. when three males stalked her from behind and one of the males grabbed her purse. The woman held on to her purse as the suspect tried to pull it from her grasp. She was thrown to the ground during the struggle.
Police said the suspect fled on foot westbound through the north lot of 4700 Spring St. Two witnesses pursued him on foot, but were unable to keep up with the attacker. He was last seen headed towards Date Street. Officers responded to the area but the suspect was not located.
The victim sustained a broken upper left arm as a result of the attack and was transported by paramedics to the hospital for treatment.
The suspect was described as a black male juvenile, 16-17 years old, 5-6 to 5-7, 120 lbs., thin build, wearing unknown clothing. No vehicle was seen.
There are no photos of the suspect and no video available at this time.
This investigation is continuing.