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Police in Maryland have released surveillance footage in hopes that the public will help them identify a man seen on video attempting to steal a woman’s purse after pretending to be a ride-share driver.
It was around 4:46 a.m. on March 30 when the victim, who was returning from a night out, called a ride-sharing service to get her back home, according to the Montgomery County Department of Police. The man seen in footage released by police Tuesday arrived to the woman’s location and the woman, believing that he was her ride-share driver, got into his car, police said. After the man drove her home to Bethesda, Maryland, he then “demanded” to be paid, officials said. The woman told the driver that she’d already paid him via the ride-share app and that she was not paying him additional money, according to police.
In the video, the man wearing a dark hoodie, dark jeans and dark shoes can be seen walking up and talking to the woman as she’s entering her building with a key. “The suspect followed the victim into her apartment building and then followed her into an elevator,” police said in a statement posted with surveillance video. “While in the elevator, the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to steal the victim’s purse.” Footage from cameras inside the elevator captured the man showing the woman his cellphone repeatedly before finally trying to grab her purse from her.
The woman holds on to her purse as she exits the elevator with the suspect still following her and gesturing toward his cellphone. Though the video footage ended in the elevator, police said the man entered the woman’s apartment and “stole property” before leaving.