Man with wooden bat robs girl of handbag, cops say

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Police are looking for a man who robbed a teen girl and threatened her with a wooden bat in Roosevelt on Tuesday evening.

Police said a 16-year-old girl was walking west on Elmwood Avenue about 6:45 p.m. when a man, described as 18 to 20 years old, grabbed her from behind and threw her to the ground.

The man held a wooden bat over the girl's head as he yanked her handbag from her shoulder, police said. He then got into the backseat of a black sport utility vehicle, which went east on Elmwood.

The victim suffered a cut to her elbow, police said.

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Police said the suspect is heavyset with a short ponytail and was wearing a red bandanna.

Anyone with information is asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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