A woman was mugged and punched in the face early Monday morning as she walked to work, police said.
The victim, a 22-year-old from Mountain View, said she was approached from behind at about 4:55 a.m., June 13, in the 500 block of Escuela Avenue, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.
Hearing the footsteps of someone running up behind her, she moved to the side, assuming the runner would pass by, Wylie said. Instead, the runner -- described as a short, skinny man, perhaps 18 to 22 years old, with a covered face -- grabbed at the woman's purse and attempted to flee.
She struggled, Wylie said, and the robber threw her to the ground and punched her once in the mouth before she let go of the purse. The man then ran south on Escuela, turned right and disappeared from the victim's view heading west on El Camino Real.
The woman ran to a nearby 7-Eleven on Latham Street, where employees called 911, Wylie said. The victim suffered from a small cut to her lip but did not want medical attention.
"Although many victims of mugging-type robberies understandably do not want to give up their belongings, it is often times not worth resisting or fighting with (robbers)," Wylie wrote in an email. "The suspect is dangerous and could be armed. The suspect could be under the influence of a drug that causes him or her to act particularly violently. It is never worth your own safety to attempt to protect your belongings."
The purse contained no money, bank cards or credit cards, Wylie said -- only her ID, a medical card, keys and other miscellaneous items.