Woman Critically Injured During SF Sunset Purse Snatching, Scuffle

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A woman was critically injured when she tried to retrieve her purse from a suspect who snatched it in San Francisco’s Sunset District on Wednesday morning, police said.

The robbery was reported at 10:49 a.m. near 19th Avenue and Kirkham Street.

The suspect approached the 60-year-old woman from behind, snatched her purse and then ran to his vehicle, according to police.

The victim gave chase and tried to grab onto the suspect’s vehicle, a silver SUV, police said. She was knocked to the ground as the suspect drove away.

The woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for a head injury that is considered life-threatening, according to police.

A detailed description of the suspect was not immediately available. He remains at large.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

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