Man sought after pepper-spraying woman in attempted purse-snatching at Publix

Altamonte police release composite sketch

Published On: Mar 07 2014 04:30:02 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 07 2014 11:38:50 PM EST
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ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -

Altamonte police are searching for the man they say pepper-sprayed a woman and robbed her in a Publix parking lot.

Police said the woman told them she was getting into her vehicle at 9:30 p.m. at the Publix on East Altamonte Drive when a man approached her and asked her for directions to Interstate 4.

As the woman began giving him directions, the man pepper-sprayed her in the face and tried to take her purse from, but couldn't, according to police.

The man ran to a nearby late-model Toyota Camry and drove away. Police described him as a light-skinned black or Hispanic male in his 30s, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and 190 pounds, with short wavy black hair, wearing a white T-shirt. 

Contact Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS if you have any other details on the attempted robbery.