Young mother pushing baby in stroller stabbed in purse snatch attempt at 29th and Franklin

Victim in stable condition, baby not hurt

DENVER - Denver police say a purse snatcher stabbed a young mother while she was pushing her 1-year old baby in stroller near 29th and Franklin early Sunday afternoon.

"She was attacked from behind," said Sgt. Betty Hale. "The man attempted to take her purse, she pulled away and he stabbed her in the abdomen with an unknown object."

Hale said the woman had gotten off a light rail train at the 30th and Downing Street Station a few minutes earlier and was walking east on 29th Avenue when she was attacked.

"She fell onto the baby," Hale said, adding that investigators weren't sure if she fell to protect the baby, or because she was stabbed.

Hale said that after the assailant ran away, the victim was able to reach for her cell phone and call police.

The woman was rushed to the hospital in stable condition, police said.  She had non-life-threatening injuries.

Police also say the baby was not injured.

Neighbor Nathan Kiefer told 7NEWS that he didn't see the assault, but did see the ambulance pull up across the street from his house.

"It's scary," Kiefer said. "In broad daylight.  It's horrible that somebody would do something like that (to her), especially when she had a child, over a purse."

Police only have a vague description of the assailant, but  they want the public to know it.

They're looking for a black male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing a Broncos baseball-style hat, long sleeve blue shirt and black Dickies type pants.

Anyone who may have seen a man fitting that description in the vicinity of 29th and Franklin around 12:30 p.m. Sunday is asked to contact Denver Police.