This image provided by the Juneau Police Department shows the area where the robbery took place. (Courtesy photo)

This image provided by the Juneau Police Department shows the area where the robbery took place. (Courtesy photo)

Robbery suspect kicks cane away from teen, steals purse

Police are still searching for the suspect.

Juneau police are searching for a man who allegedly kicked a cane out from under a teenage girl and stole her purse near the Nugget Mall on Wednesday.

Police said in a release that the incident took place at about 10:13 a.m. after the 17-year-old got off the city bus behind the mall, located on Glacier Highway. She was headed toward the east side of the shopping center when a man she didn’t know came over to talk to her, the release states.

“The female assumed the male was going to ask her for money, so she walked over to him to tell him she didn’t have any,” the Juneau Police Department said. “The female uses a cane to assist with walking, and when she approached the male, he kicked the cane away from her, causing her to fall to the ground. The male then demanded the female’s purse and stated he would stab the female if she didn’t give it to him. The female did not see a knife, but was scared by the man’s actions, and handed over her purse.”

Police say the woman was not hurt in the incident.

The man was last seen running away from the mall, in the general direction of McDonald’s. He was described to police as being white, approximately 20-30 years old, about 6 feet tall, with slightly scruffy hair and acne scars on his cheeks. He was wearing black skinny jeans and a dark gray hoodie.

JPD asks if anyone saw something or has any information about this case to call them at 586-0600.

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