Children suspected of snatching woman's purse

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HOUSTON - A woman said she had her purse snatched in southwest Houston, and her attackers were children.

Sylvia Wright doesn't have a car, so she walks most places. She doesn't stray far from the neighborhood where she's lived for the past seven years.

Wright said she was walking home from a shopping trip near Bissonnet and Dairy Ashford about 7 p.m. Monday and was almost home when she was attacked.

"I was surprised," Wright said. "They came from the back. They saw me and saw the opportunity – nobody in the street – and they take the opportunity."

Wright estimated the purse snatcher was no older than 15. She said his partner, who was on a bicycle and acting as a lookout, was only about 8 years old.

Wright said the children didn't get away with much. She only had about $7 in cash and a debit card, which she promptly canceled.

She said she's reconsidering how she gets around.

"I think I need to learn how to drive," Wright said.

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