Police are searching for a man in connection with two violent robberies in the Queen Village area earlier this week.
On Saturday around 6:15 a.m., a woman was walking along Christian Street near 4th when a man approached her from behind, grabbed her by her neck and assaulted her. He then took her purse and fled the scene, police said.
A similar robbery unfolded around 7:25 a.m. on Sunday, police said. A woman was walking on Catharine Street near 6th and noticed a man who was circling the block on his bicycle. The man used a white t-shirt to conceal his face. He approached the woman from behind, grabbed her by her neck and forced her to the ground. He snatched her purse — which contained $300, credit cards and her ID — and fled the scene.
Police Tuesday released surveillance footage of the man and are asking for help from the public to identify and arrest him.
Tipsters are asked to call the South Detective Division at 215-686-3013 or the tip line at 215-686-TIPS (8477). Tipsters may also reach the department online.