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Woman stabbed multiple times by purse robber in St. Louis

When the 57-year-old woman resisted, the suspect started stabbing her with a knife.

ST. LOUIS — A woman was stabbed by a man who was trying to steal her purse in St. Louis Thursday evening, police said.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department responded to an assault just before 6:30 p.m. on the 5000 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.

A 57-year-old woman was approached by a man who tried to take her purse, police said. When she resisted, he started stabbing her with a knife.

The woman suffered stab wounds to her chest, arm and back. She was conscious and breathing when taken to an area hospital. Police did not release further details on her condition.

The suspect is in custody, police said.

Resources for crime victims:

If you have been a victim of a crime or know someone who has been, 5 On Your Side has compiled a list of resources.

Better Family Life is a nonprofit community development organization working to “stabilize inner-city neighborhoods.” One aspect of its mission is a gun violence de-escalation program.

To learn more, call 314-381-8200 or visit https://www.betterfamilylife.org/

Life Outside of Violence “helps those harmed by stabbing, gunshot or assault receive the treatment, support and resources they need to find alternatives to end the cycle of violence.”

To learn more, call 314-327-6697 or email: ProjectLOV@WUSTL.edu

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has an anti-crime program called “Safety Net for Youth Initiative,” which is a joint partnership with Saint Louis Public Schools to provide services to at-risk youth.

To learn more, visit https://www.ulstl.com/anti-crime-initiative.html

Cure Violence is an international organization that has recently launched in a handful of St. Louis neighborhoods. Violence interrupters are trained to deescalate violent situations within their own communities. To learn more, visit https://cvg.org/

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