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February 20, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Police looking for armed North Seattle thief

Seattle police are looking for a man who slashed a 65-year-old woman’s hand while stealing her purse in North Seattle Wednesday afternoon.

Right after the woman got off a bus on the 6500 block of 36th Avenue Northeast around 3 p.m., a suspect wearing a black mask, black hoodie and gray jeans attacked her, according to police.

When the victim resisted releasing her purse, the man cut her hand as he slashed the purse string with a knife, police said. The suspect then fled north on 36th Avenue Northeast and west on Northeast 68th Street.

The woman was treated at the scene for the cut and driven home.

The suspect is described as a man in his 20s, 5-foot-9, about 150 pounds, with a thin build.

Seattle Times news partner Ravenna Blog points out the incident is similar to another robbery involving a knife that happened in the area on Valentine’s Day around 2 p.m. At the corner of Northeast 60th Street and 32nd Avenue Northeast, a male suspect with a 3-inch black folding knife attacked a man from behind as well, according to a police report. The suspect used a knife to cut into the man’s pants to take his wallet. When the victim resisted his wallet being taken, the suspect slammed him into a concrete wall, took the wallet and ran off.

That suspect is described as white, 5-foot-10, about 180 pounds. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up and blue jeans during the robbery.

Police ask anyone with information on the incident to call 911. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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