HUDSON — City police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a person allegedly involved in a violent mugging that sent a woman to the hospital with serious injuries.
Shortly before midnight Sunday, the Hudson Police Department received a report of a mugging outside 15 North 6 St.
Hudson police officers on patrol in the city responded to the area where they found the alleged victim, a Hudson woman in her late 50s.
The alleged victim reported to police that she was walking home from work when a person she described as a tall, thin, black male in a hooded sweatshirt, followed her up the street. The man appeared to be in his 20s, police said the woman told them.
The suspect allegedly said to the woman, “Give me your purse,” and began physically attacking her with his hands, according to police.
“We have no indication that a weapon was used,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said Tuesday.
Police on Tuesday are looking for the suspect, who fled on foot west on Warren Street, just before police arrived at the scene.
No similar incidents have been reported to police in the past few days and the case is not linked to any other known assaults in the city, Moore said.
“It’s rare, and we’re working really hard on it,” Moore said. “It is an unusual incident.”
The woman, whose name was not released, sustained serious injuries and was taken by the Greenport Rescue Squad to Columbia Memorial Hospital.
The woman was later transferred to Albany Medical Center for additional treatment. Her injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said.
The woman will take some time to recover, Moore said. She was listed in fair condition at the hospital with hip injuries and facial trauma, including a swollen eye.
The suspect took the victim’s purse in the attack, police said. Some items inside the purse included a cell phone, passport and numerous credit cards. The woman reportedly did not know her attacker.
The Hudson Police Detective Unit is currently assigned to the investigation and leads are being updated.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Hudson Police Department detectives at 518-828-3388.
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