ROCKFORD — A 35-year-old woman was pulled to the ground as a thief stole her purse about 6 p.m. Saturday in the 2200 block of Ninth Avenue, police said.

The woman was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, Rockford Police Department said.

She was unloading her vehicle outside her home when the suspect approached her, pulled on her backpack purse and demanded she give it to him. The woman did not comply and was pulled to the ground. The suspect stole her purse. He is described as a black man about 30 years old, and 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He fled on foot.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 815-966-2900 or Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.

Georgette Braun: 815-987-1331; gbraun@rrstar.com; @GeorgetteBraun