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Richmond Police looking for East End serial purse snatcher

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public's help in finding the man who committed several robberies at or near East End bus stops last weekend.
 
Police say, the robber appeared to target females who were alone and whose purses were in plain view. The armed robberies occurred from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon:

  • Saturday at 7:16 a.m. in the 1700 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike
  • Saturday at 8:20 a.m. in the 2400 block of East Marshall Street
  • Saturday at 10:10 p.m. in the 2800 block of Fairfield Avenue
  • Saturday at 11:46 p.m. in the 1000 block of North 20th Street
  • Sunday at 5:43 a.m. in the 1000 block of Mosby Avenue
  • Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in the 3300 block of N Street

"Each time, the suspect saw a single female standing by themselves carrying a large bag," said Detective John Grazioso, the detective working the case. "He grabbed the bag quickly and could get whatever valuables were in it."

Grazioso says each time, the suspect displayed a handgun.

The suspect is described as 5'8" to 5'10", 160-200 lbs, wearing a black skull cap and a 3/4 length black, leather jacket.

Grazioso advises women standing at bus stops to be aware of their surroundings, not to carry a large bag if you can help it and not to stand at a bus stop alone - take a partner if you can.

For Shaune G., she takes the bus from Church Hill to work six days a week. Often, she stands alone but now, will try not to.

"I try to be observant. Just be aware of my surroundings."

Detectives are asking anyone with any information about these crimes to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or Detective John Grazioso at (804) 646-0672. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word "ITip" followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
 

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