Video captures knife-wielding Astoria purse snatcher

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Video courtesy of NYPD
Video courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a man who stole a woman's purse off an Astoria street while threatening her with a knife.

A suspect is wanted for stealing a woman’s purse in Astoria after threatening her with a knife, police said.

The 36-year-old victim was walking near 38th Street about 1:35 a.m. on March 16 when the suspect approached her from behind, cops said. He then displayed a knife and fled in a black vehicle with the woman’s purse.

No injuries were reported as a result of the robbery, according to authorities.

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.