Video: Woman Dragged During Robbery Attempt in Downtown LA

"This person was so distracted with her phone she did not see the suspect run up on her," police said

Investigators Tuesday were working to identify a person who attacked and dragged a woman in downtown Los Angeles in an attempt to rob her.

The woman was walking about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the area of Flower and 11th streets when a man attacked her from behind and dragged her into an alley in attempt to steal her purse and cellphone, according to Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im.

A parking valet came to the woman's aid and squared off with the suspect, who soon ran off, Im said.

"This person was so distracted with her phone she did not see the suspect run up on her," according to an LAPD tweet that advised people to always be aware of their surroundings.

LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said, "Please do not bury yourselves into your phone when you're walking on the streets. You gotta have your head on a swivel, you gotta be aware of your surroundings, making sure you don't become a victim of a crime."

The woman was OK after the attack, Im said.

A description of the suspect was not made available, but anyone who recognizes him from the video was urged to call the LAPD at (877) LAPD-24-7.

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