A man attacked a woman in a parking lot in Hamden on Thursday night, shoved her to the ground and tried to steal her purse, police said, and they are trying to identify him.
Police officers responded to the parking lot at 1191 Dixwell Ave. at 11:45 p.m. to investigate a report of an attempted strong-arm robbery and the victim, a 22-year-old Hamden woman, told officers that she was walking toward Walgreens when she was attacked.
She said she did not know the man who shoved her to the ground and tried to take her purse, police said.
The assailant ran off when someone who saw what was happening pulled the man off the woman, police said. Then the attacker ran toward the Farmington Canal Trail, police said.
The man was described as between 20 and 30 years old, 6-feet-tall and possibly bald.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Matthew Barbuto of the Hamden Police Department Detective Division at (203) 287-4807.