Irvine Police Search for Woman Suspected in Violent Purse Robbery

Police are searching for a woman who violently attacked and stole a purse from another woman in Irvine on Thursday, according to authorities.

Surveillance video  released by Irvine Police on Feb. 9, 2018 shows a potential suspect using a woman's credit card to make purchases at a Rite Aid.

Surveillance video released by Irvine Police on Feb. 9, 2018 shows a potential suspect using a woman’s credit card to make purchases at a Rite Aid.

The suspect, a white 20- to 25-year-old female with dark hair and a back tattoo, approached the victim from behind in the parking lot of a Bed Bath and Beyond in the 13000 block of Jamboree Road, Irvine police said in a news release. She tried pulling the purse off the other woman’s shoulder.

In the ensuing struggle, the suspect kicked the victim multiple times on her upper body and forehead, police said. She managed to take the victim’s purse and then drove away in a black two-door sedan.

Surveillance video  released by Irvine Police on Feb. 9, 2018 shows a potential suspect using a woman's credit card to make purchases at a Rite Aid.

Surveillance video released by Irvine Police on Feb. 9, 2018 shows a potential suspect using a woman’s credit card to make purchases at a Rite Aid.

The victim’s credit cards were then used at Rite Aid locations in Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley, according to police. Surveillance cameras at one store captured the suspected robber using the victim’s credit cards.

The suspect is also described by police as about 5 feet two inches tall and weighing about 110 to 115 pounds.

Those who have information on the case can contact Detective Keith Herter at 949-724-7183.