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La Mesa police looking for teenager who snatched 95-year-old woman's purse

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LA MESA (CNS) - La Mesa police on Wednesday were on the lookout for an older teenage boy who knocked a 95-year-old woman to the ground while stealing her purse.

The woman was approached from behind as she was walking in the 7800 block of El Cajon Boulevard about 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to La Mesa police.

Once he had the woman's purse, the thief ran to a waiting vehicle and got in on the passenger's side, police said, adding that the vehicle was a maroon 2000 to 2004 Nissan Altima.

A witness followed the getaway car to 71st Street, where it stopped and the purse snatcher bailed on foot toward Mohawk Street. The getaway car then fled in another direction, police said.

The woman's purse and its contents were found near 70th and Mohawk streets. According to police, she was uninjured despite being knocked to the ground.

Police described the purse snatcher as black, 16-18 years old and about 200 pounds, with 3-inch dreadlocks. He wore a black, brown and red long sleeve shirt, dark shorts and white tennis shoes.

A description of the getaway driver was unavailable.

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