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Police searching for El Paseo assault and robbery suspect

Published On: Feb 25 2013 02:11:14 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 25 2013 02:13:55 PM CST
PALM DESERT, Calif. -

Palm Desert Police are still searching for a man suspected of assaulting and robbing a woman Friday night in a parking lot behind El Paseo.

Around 9 p.m., the woman had just left a restaurant and was walking to her car when the suspect approached her, physically assaulted her, and stole her purse. With the purse in hand, the suspect ran across the parking lot and jumped into the passenger side of a dark-colored car and rode away.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries where she was treated and later released. 

Palm Desert Police say they are planning to release a sketch of the suspect today.