MARION HEIGHTS - Police are searching for a man who robbed a woman after knocking her to the ground outside her residence Tuesday night.

Mount Carmel Township Police Chief Brian Hollenbush said the crime was committed at 6:30 p.m. when the suspect attacked a 53-year-old woman while she was approaching her front door at 142 E. Melrose St.

Hollenbush said the victim was struck in the head, by what was most likely the assailant's arm, before landing on her face. The victim was sore from the fall, but refused medical treatment.

The victim described the suspect as a white male of thin build, around 5 feet 11 inches to six feet in height with short white-colored hair, wearing jeans and either a lime green or white hoodie. The victim was unable to provide an estimate of age.

"He pushed her forward, and, at the same time, grabbed her purse," Hollenbush said. "A struggle ensued. The purse strap broke and he got away with the purse."

The suspect fled eastbound on Melrose Street to Brunswick Street. From Brunswick Street, he turned right on Coal Street, where he entered an unknown type vehicle.

Police "pinged" the victim's cell phone that was in the purse. The region was canvassed, but police could not located the purse or the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Mount Carmel Township Police Department at 339-1653 or 911.