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RICHMOND, Va. -- Police released a photo of a man wanted for attacking and robbing a woman in Richmond's Fan District last week. The attack happened just after midnight, November 20, on Grove Avenue near Rowland Street.

"The victim reported that while walking along Rowland Street, she was approached by a man who pushed her down and attempted to take her purse. When she did not immediately let go, the suspect struck her again then took the bag," police said. "The suspect [described as a black male in his early 20s] got into an older model white sedan, which fled on Rowland Street toward Hanover Avenue."

Security cameras later caught the suspect using the woman's bank card at 7-Eleven stores on West Grace Street and South Belvidere Street.

"That bothers me a lot because this is usually a real quiet peaceful neighborhood,” said Fred Beale, who resides in the Fan District.

"I feel really concerned for this woman,” said Patricia Harkess.  "I've never really felt unsafe around here.  So, it's...you know...it's very disappointing to hear this."

Avid runner Fletcher Kelly says it won't stop his routine.

"When we're jogging along and anything strange happens, we just change sides of the streets,” said Fletcher Kelly.

And with the holiday season in full swing, neighbors like Beale aren't too worried about safety.

"I got a big dog," he said. "But they better be aware of the owner than the dog. Twenty years in the Marine Corp; I can deal with it,” said Fred Beale.

Anyone with information about this person was asked to call Third Precinct Detective William Cutshall at 804-646-1068 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.