By Kristina Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A woman suffered cuts and severe bleeding after a suspect attempting to steal her purse slashed her arm with a large knife.

Police say around 6:50 a.m. on April 27, a 41-year-old female was on the 100 block of South 60th Street in Philadelphia when she was approached from behind by another woman.

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The suspect attempted to take the victim’s purse by slicing the strap with a knife. In the process, police say the victim’s left arm was slashed, causing severe bleeding.

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After gaining possession of the purse containing bank cards and $30, police say the suspect fled the scene on foot.

The suspect is described as a black female, around 40 years old. She is 5-foot-5, with a medium build, and was wearing a dark-colored skirt, brown fur vest, dark-colored pants and knee high boots.

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Anyone with information on the suspect or incident is asked to call 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.