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Robber Sprays Woman in Face with Mace Steals Purse

CLINTON TOWNSHIP (Tara Morgan) -- A knife-wielding robber sprays a woman with mace to steal her purse but police hope you'll recognize the man from the surveillance video.

The robbery happened Monday afternoon outside the Najah Market on Westerville Road in Clinton Township near northeast Columbus.

The video shows the thief pedaling up to an unsuspecting woman in the passenger seat of a minivan as the driver was about to leave the parking lot.

He reaches through the open window and grabs her purse strap but she holds on.

That's when the man took mace out of his back pocket and sprayed the woman in the face.

"As he fled to get away, I just tried to help the ladies get water to rinse the pepper spray out of her face," said a man who works next door.

If you recognize the man in the video, call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
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