Are Paterson muggings linked?

June 2, 2012 6:54:00 AM PDT
Carrying a bible and her purse, a mother who was coming home from church with her 7-year-old is jumped on her front porch. The victim's daughter is hoping someone recognizes the brazen thief who has an unusual haircut.

The thief got away with more than $500 in cash, but what he didn't know was everything was caught on-camera.

"I feel scared because that surprised me," said the victim, Ana Sanchez.

Ana Sanchez had no idea she and her 7-year-old son, Jayden were being followed Tuesday night on their way home from church.

When they reached the door to their home on 14th Avenue, the thief pushed Sanchez and ripped her purse out of her hands.

"I had my wallet and bible together, so we when he jump on me, he push me and take my wallet," said Sanchez.

Confused, scared and stunned, Sanchez watched her attacker run away.

"I froze and I scream loud," Sanchez's son, Jayden Felix said.

7-year-old Jayden says he wanted to do more, but he was scared.

Fortunately, no one was hurt in the robbery. However unfortunately for the thief - everything he did was recorded.

Ana Sanchez installed security cameras last year after her home was burglarized.

"I would say he's in his early 20s. He looks like a mixture of Hispanic and black. He has a hair cut with a design in it," said Sanchez's daughter, Melisa Rosa.

Paterson police tell Eyewitness News they're investigating whether this robbery is linked to several others in the city involving young men stealing gold and jewelry from pedestrians.

In the meantime, Melisa Rosa is hoping someone recognizes the brazen thief who has an unusual haircut.

He stole hundreds of dollars from Rosa's mother, Ana, a bus driver from the Dominican Republic.

Ana Sanchez was robbed the day before her birthday. She turned 43 on Wednesday.

A deeply religious person, she says god was protecting her that night because she and her son weren't hurt.

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