Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A Rochester woman was able to fight off a would-be purse snatcher Monday night.

Police say the woman was walking from her car into a building at the Eastridge Estates Apartments around 10:15 PM when a man came up from behind, grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground. He also grabbed her purse but the 40-year-old woman hung on until he walked away.

The woman suffered some scrapes to her nose and face but did not require medical attention.

She described the man as young with a heavy build and possibly Somali.

The apartment complex is located in the 2000 block of 17th St SE, near Longfellow School.

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