OAKLAND -- A 37-year-old woman was hospitalized Monday night after she was badly beaten by two men who stole her purse in the city's Temescal District, police said.
The woman was walking alone about 6:47 p.m. Monday in the 4800 block of Shattuck Avenue when the men came up behind her and demanded her purse.
The pair began punching her face and pulled the purse from her. At some point the woman fell to the pavement, police said. The suspects fled on foot to a nearby waiting car and were last seen driving eastbound on 49th street.
The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of cuts and bruises. One of the suspects was described as a black man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 165 pounds and was wearing a purple shirt and blue jeans.
The robbery has prompted police to refocus resources in the area, as they have in other places where violent crime has occurred. Officers will focus on "intervention, prevention and enforcement," officer Johnna Watson said Tuesday.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $2,500 in reward money for information leading to arrest of the suspects.
Anyone with information can call police at 510-238-3326 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.