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Robber follows woman, 28, into East Village building, steals purse

Police said that on Thurs., Dec. 7, around 6:50 p.m., a stranger followed a 28-year-old woman into the vestibule of a building at E. Third Street and Avenue D and forcibly took her purse.

The robber then cornered the victim and ordered her to open the locked vestibule door — but fled when a neighbor approached. No injuries were reported.

A video of the alleged suspect recorded at the crime scene. (NYPD)

The suspect is described as in his 40s and around 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing around 160 pounds.

A surveillance camera image of the alleged suspect at the crime scene. (NYPD)

Tips can be reported to Special Victims at 212-694-3000 or to the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. All tips are anonymous. Crime Stoppers tips leading to an arrest and indictment result in a cash award of $3,500.

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