Man sought for attempted purse snatching inside Flushing apartment building

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A woman fought off an attempted robber after he followed her inside her Flushing building and tried to steal her bag, cops said.

The 29-year-old victim was followed into the building just before 5 a.m. on Wednesday and once she was on the second floor, the suspect grabbed her purse, authorities said. While the woman fought with the suspect, he pushed her into wall, but was unable to take her bag. They continued to struggle until the suspect fled empty-handed.

The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, standing 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.