AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The "Akron Purse Bandit" started grabbing purses outside a
on West Market Street 11 days ago, and for the past week has gone down the street grabbing more.
He first hit on Dec. 12 at a CVS parking lot on West Market. A 52-year-old woman was heading inside around 2 p.m. when he walked up and snatched her purse.
Five days later around 2:30 p.m., he opened the passenger door of a 77-year-old woman's car outside of a
down the block. The thief grabbed her purse during a brief struggle and got away.
, things got more violent.
"I was was getting a cup of coffee on my way to work at 9:30 in the morning and was walking down here on Market Street, and all of a sudden, this guy came up from behind me and punched me on the side, grabbed my wallet that I had in my hands," said Adriana, the third victim.
Police believe the Akron Purse Bandit is an African-American male between 16 and 20 years old, around 5'6" tall with a slender build.
"I actually punched the guy and then chased him down the alley, but he got away," added Adriana.
Police believe the suspect is just looking for cash. He isn't using any of the credit cards.