Cops catch purse-snatching thief that attacked a woman in Woodhaven in front of her young child (UPDATED)

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Cops arrested a man who beat up a woman and stole her purse in front of her son on a Woodhaven street on Monday afternoon.

According to police, at 2:01 p.m. on Oct. 1, a 35-year-old woman was walking with her 4-year-old son on 84th Street when she was approached by an unknown man who demanded her property. The suspect proceeded to punch the woman in the face, head, chest and back, rendering her unconscious.

Law enforcement sources said that the crook then grabbed the victim’s purse and fled westbound on 84th Street. A group of good Samaritans who witnessed the attack then chased the suspect behind a home on 84th Street, where he climbed onto the roof of a nearby CVS, located at 83-02 Atlantic Ave., and fled in an unknown direction.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct responded to the incident. The victim suffered bruising and swelling to her face and body and was treated and released from a nearby hospital. Her son was not harmed.

Following an ongoing investigation, police arrested Derrick Chirse, 57, at 10 a.m. on Oct. 2. He was charged with robbery, criminal possession of stolen property and endangering the welfare of a child.


Updated at 1:40 p.m.

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