Woman claims she was punched in the face and her purse stolen after she left home in D.C.
A woman says she was attacked by a stranger outside her home in Washington, D.D., in December.
She says the man pulled her purse and threw it at her.
She then saw the man trying to grab her purse from the street.
She took off running, but she says the attacker followed her.
“I didn’t think he was going to hit me,” she told ABC News.
“He was like a blur, but I could tell he was looking for me.”
Police arrested the man and arrested another man.
The victim told police she was assaulted in the street and was bleeding.
The man was charged with assault with intent to commit a felony and possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.
According to ABC News, the victim said the assailant made threats, threatened her family and that she was “going to kill herself.”
She said she suffered a cut to her right hand that required stitches.
The suspect was booked into jail and released.
The District of Columbia Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment.
A witness told ABC that she saw the attacker run away.
“My neighbor, he’s just running away, I don’t know what he’s doing,” said witness Julie Kish.
“The guy was running away from the house, and he was throwing things at me.”
“He got up, grabbed my purse, threw it in the road, grabbed her purse, took off.
The next thing I know, he hit me, and then the police, who were standing right there, tackled him to the ground,” Kish said.
The woman who reported the incident told ABC affiliate WTOP that she believes the suspect may have had an accomplice.
“It’s just unbelievable, he just didn’t seem like a normal person,” the witness told WTOP.
“His face was swollen up.
I’m sure they’re going to look at the surveillance tape and say, ‘That guy is a threat.'”
ABC News’ Chris Burt contributed to this report.