Masked, knife-wielding robber slashes 65-year-old woman

SEATTLE -- Police are searching for a knife-wielding robber who cut a 65-year-old woman during a Wednesday afternoon robbery in North Seattle.

Officers first responded to an armed street robbery call in the 6500 block of 36th Avenue NE at 3 p.m. When they arrived, they learned a 65-year-old woman had been attacked and robbed after getting off a bus.

The woman had just gotten of the bus and was walking north on 36th when a man wearing a black mask came up from behind her and grabbed her purse, according to police.

The woman refused to give up the purse, and as the two fought over it the robber pulled out a knife and cut the purse straps. In doing so, police say he also cut the woman's hand.

The robber then took off on foot and was last seen running northbound on 36th before heading west onto NE 68th Street. Officers searched the area but didn't find the man.

Medics treated the victim on scene and a patrol officer drover her home.

In addition to his mask, the robber was also wearing a black hoodie and jeans. He stands 5'9" tall, weighs about 150 pounds and has a thin build. Police say the man is likely in his 20s.