SPRING HILL — The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a young man who they say stole a 76-year-old woman's purse on Monday.
The woman, who was not identified, was leaving the Publix store in Lakewood Plaza on Commercial Way about 5:10 p.m., walking toward her vehicle, when the man ran up behind her, snatched her purse and knocked her to the ground.
The suspect was described only as a white male, about 20 years old. Authorities released a surveillance photo of him. A witness said the man ran toward the east end of the plaza, where he may have gotten into a parked car and fled.
Paramedics checked bruises the woman received, but she did not require treatment.
The Sheriff's Office asked that anyone with information call Detective George Loydgren at (352) 754-6830.
"This is a cowardly act, and we will not tolerate violent crimes against our citizens, especially our senior citizens," Sheriff Al Nienhuis said.