It happened unexpectedly, authorities say: A 50-year-old woman was waiting for a ride to work about 3:30 a.m. March 15 when two men approached her on Detroit’s west side.

“The first suspect grabbed the victim, pushed her and another woman against the wall, and grabbed the victim’s purse,” police said in a statement Thursday.

Now Detroit police are seeking the public’s help to find two suspects in the incident near Fairfield and Puritan. They’ve released video and photos from a nearby gas station one of the suspects is believed to frequent and hope the public recognizes the men.

The woman targeted last week tussled with one of the men but “he threw her to the ground, and pulled her purse away,” according to a release. She was not injured.

A man who had been waiting with her earlier tried to intervene, but the suspects fled in a turquoise Chevy Cavalier, police said.


Detroit Police Department seeking assistance in identifying and locating two suspects wanted for a robbery on the city’s west side on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at approximately 3:30 a.m., in the area of Fairfield and Puritan.

Authorities described the first suspect as black, about 30 years old, 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, with a short Afro and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing gray clothing.

The second suspect is described as a dark-complected black male around age 30.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit Police 12th Precinct detectives at (313) 596-1240. Anonymous tips also can be left through the DPD Connect app or by calling Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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