A 73-year-old woman was grabbed around the neck from behind in a Stoke-on-Trent street by a man who demanded her purse.
The woman was not injured but was badly shaken by the incident which happened at around 12.45pm yesterday, December 17.
The incident took place in Greendock Street, Blurton and the man ran off in the direction of Goms Mill Road when the woman screamed.
He is described as a white male aged between 35 and 40 years and of slight build. He has black hair and walked with a pronounced limp.
The man was wearing a black duffle coat and a black skull cap.
Enquiries are ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed the incident or seen anyone acting suspiciously, is asked to call 101, quoting incident 271 of December 17.