Woman fights off purse snatcher in Mineola

MINEOLA - Police say a woman fought off a purse snatcher who attacked her at the Mineola train station last night.

According to investigators, at around 6 p.m., a man approached the woman, identified as "Diana," at the station while she was talking on her cell phone and grabbed her purse. "Diana" says she put up a fight and gave the robber a chase, but he pushed her to the ground, causing her to bruise her foot.

The woman says she followed her attacker to an alleyway off of Main Street and kicked him as he crouched behind a car, making the robber drop her purse. When "Diana" got a hold of him, the man managed to wriggle out of his jacket and ran off.

"Diana" says she hopes this sends a message to her attacker.

"He thought I was an easy target, and that wasn't the case," she says.

Anyone with information about the attempted purse snatching is asked to call Nassau Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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