Bennington Police seek suspect in attempted Main Street robbery

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BENNINGTON, VT — Police are still searching for a person they say attempted to snatch a woman's purse on Main Street Tuesday night.

Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette said that shortly before 8 p.m., police were called to the Green Mountain Christian Center at 440 Main St. for an assault that had taken place. Upon arrival they met with a woman who had suffered a minor wound to her lip.

Police said this woman had been outside the Center when a person, believed to be female, approached her and demanded her purse. The woman refused and a fist fight ensued. At some point, the attacker produced a knife.

The attacker eventually fled the scene with the knife, but not the woman's purse.

The suspect is described as being five feet 11 inches tall with a slender build. They wore a dark coat with the hood pulled up to obscure their face, and faded blue jeans.

Doucette said the Bennington Rescue Squad was summoned, but the victim declined being taken to the hospital. He said the woman only noticed her lip was injured after the fight, so it's not clear if the injury was caused by the knife or was the result of the fist fight.

The case remains open and anyone with information is asked to contact Bennington Police Sgt. Jason Burnham at 802-442-1030.

— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115


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