A man who approached a 21-year-old woman near Maryland and Goethe streets in June 18 ran after the woman refused to give up her purse, according to police.
The man tried to take the purse from her shoulder but the woman held on to it and he ran away. The man is described as about 5-foot-11, 18 years old, black with a medium build and short wavy hair. He was last seen wearing a black long-sleeve shirt with gold buttons and dark jeans.
After the would-be robber ran from the woman, she called police. The woman was not injured and the man did not get anything from her, according to a report.
Meanwhile, detectives are investigating in which the robber got away with the victim's belongings. A man stole a woman's purse June 6 in the 1000 block of Wayburn Street in the middle of the night. The woman arrived home, began walking up to her home and the man was already in front of her home. She fought the theft but the man got away with the purse and ran.
Lt. James Smith said detectives at this point don't believe the two crimes are related. The descriptions of the men vary somewhat and the scenarios of the two crimes are not similar.
In the first case, detectives believe the man was planning to steal a bike that was sitting in front of the house and instead took advantage of the woman coming home alone in the middle of the night to steal something of possibly more value, Smith said.
In the second case, the man approached the woman before dark and targeted her purse, according to the report.
The man in the second case is described as about 25 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall, black with a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a light blue T-shirt and dark jeans, according to police.
Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call police at 822-7400.