Woman attacked outside Somerville market

By Jack Nicas
Globe Correspondent / October 13, 2009

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Somerville police are searching for a man who robbed and beat a woman in a supermarket parking lot Sunday morning.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m., a man wielding what was described as a large kitchen-style knife approached a car as it pulled into a parking space at the Market Basket on Somerville Avenue, said Deputy Police Chief Paul Upton.

After the 45-year-old female driver declined the man’s request for a ride to the hospital, he ran to the passenger-side door and got in the vehicle, police said.

The suspect then said, “You’re gonna give me a ride’’ and snatched the victim’s purse, according to police.

The woman wrestled her purse from the suspect and fell out of the car, police said, and the man then attacked her.

“He began to punch her repeatedly on the head and back area. The victim was also kicked in the back and stomach by the suspect as she screamed for help,’’ police said in an e-mail.

The suspect then fled with the woman’s purse toward Union Square in Somerville.

The victim was treated for minor injuries at the scene and declined to be taken to a hospital.

Witnesses described the suspect as a 6-foot, 1-inch, 25- to 30-year-old white male with a thin build and flat-top haircut. He wore a gray long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers.

Views of supermarket surveillance cameras do not extend to where the attack occurred.

“That’s a very busy market. This is not only unusual for that area, but it’s unusual for anywhere,’’ Upton said.

Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call Somerville police at 617-625-1212.