Victim of violent bag snatch attempt urged to come forward

A woman who was the victim of a violent attempted bag snatch in Sydney is being asked to come forward.

Police say the woman, believed to be aged in her 40s or 50s, was walking near the corner of Hay Street and Pitt Street in Haymarket on Saturday night, when a teenage boy allegedly attempted to take her handbag.

The woman screamed for help and fell to the ground, before she was dragged about 10 metres.


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A number of passersby came to her aid.

But another teenager allegedly began assaulting one of them with a knife, before the two teenagers ran into Central Railway Station.

Officers arrested the pair, both aged 17, a short time later and they are currently before the court.

Police are now working to identify two teenage girls who were in the vicinity and the woman who was targeted in the incident.

She is described as being Asian in appearance, aged in her 40s to 50s with shoulder-length dark, wavy hair, wearing a purple puffer-style jacket, dark pants and carrying a blue/black over-the-shoulder handbag.

She was speaking Mandarin during the incident.

She was in the company of two other women and a man described as being Asian in appearance, about 190cm tall, wearing a black jacket, black dress pants and carrying a black computer-style bag.

Police urge the woman and her companions to contact officers by attending their nearest police station or calling Crime Stoppers.

Officers would also like to hear from any person who witnessed the incident but has not yet spoken to police.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au. “In 2014 I took a step back from full-time duties to become a stay at home mum and now cover the weekend news and whatever else may be needed from time to time. I keep my ‘presenting voice’ active during the week when reading children’s books and attempting to do various accents (to little success).”

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