Several callers reported hearing the woman's screams around 1:45 this morning as the man tackled her and ripped away her gray leather purse near Clark and Waveland.
Even though she was knocked out of her shoes by the force of the attack, the woman managed to fight the man off, giving him a swift punch to the face—with her house keys functioning as improvised brass knuckles.
The offender is described as male, Hispanic, about 5'4" tall, wearing a fedora, a light colored sweater around his neck, a v-neck t-shirt, and blue jeans. He may have scratches or other wounds on his face from the woman's defensive actions. Witnesses say he was last seen running northbound on Racine.
The woman's iPhone, wrapped in a purple case, was inside her purse.
Officers gave the victim a ride to her nearby home.
Police case number is HX287573.
Keyed fist image: Tim and Jenn's Journal