A 17-year-old girl from Danville was pushed to the ground and her purse grabbed by one of three assailants Saturday night outside Pleasanton's Stoneridge Shopping Center, police said.
The girl was walking from her parked car in the lot near PF Chang's restaurant and heading toward the mall with several friends when she was suddenly approached by three men in a silver SUV, according to Pleasanton police Lt. Jeff Bretzing.
The men got out of their car and tried to talk to the girls, but when the girls kept walking, one of the men rushed the 17-year-old girl and grabbed her purse, Bretzing said.
When she attempted to wrestle her purse away, the man punched her once in the face, pushed her to the ground and stole the purse, according to Bretzing. The three men then got back into their vehicle and sped away toward Stoneridge Mall Road.
The girl, whose name was not released, suffered minor injuries from the struggle but required no medical aid, according to the lieutenant.
One witness reported seeing one of the men holding a long black stick or piece of metal. Bretzing said it is unknown what the item was, adding that it was not used or brandished during the robbery.
The suspects are described as three black males, 18-25 years old, medium build and wearing dark-colored hoodie sweatshirts. They were driving an older, silver Honda Pilot, but its license plate isn't known.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.