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Charges: Man tried to steal woman’s purse

She reportedly bit him to stop attack

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A Barron man is accused of accosting a female he did not know near Regis High School and attempting to rob her of her purse.

The female bit the man and thwarted the robbery, authorities said.

Abdifatah H. Ahmed, 27, was charged Tuesday in Eau Claire County Court with a felony count of attempted robbery with use of force and a misdemeanor count of battery.

A $10,000 cash bail was set for Ahmed, which requires him to maintain absolute sobriety and not have contact with the female.

Ahmed returns to court Tuesday, July 31, for a preliminary hearing.

According to the criminal complaint:  

Eau Claire police were sent to Fenwick Avenue, near South Hastings Way, just after 2 a.m. Monday on a report of an assault and attempted robbery.

A female said she was walking in that area when a male on a bicycle approached her.

The female continued walking after the male asked her how she was doing.

The male then stopped and pinned the female against a retaining wall.

When the male placed his hand over her face, the female bit his middle finger.

The male then bit the female on the face.

The male grabbed the female’s purse, which was slung over her shoulder and across her body.

After a brief struggle, the male got on hisbicycle and rode away without the female’s purse.

Police viewed public space video of the area and confirmed the female’s version of events.

Further investigation identified Ahmed as the suspect.

Ahmed was located and interviewed. He told police he was homeless and saving up money for a place to live.

Police noticed Ahmed had a bandage on his right middle finger. He also had blood spots on his shorts.

Ahmed said he got the injury from smoking methamphetamine out of a pipe.

Ahmed matched the description of the assailant given by the female.

Ahmed was arrested and taken to the Eau Claire County Jail.

If convicted of the felony charge, Ahmed could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Contact: 715-833-9207, dan.holtz@ecpc.com

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