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Video: Violent Mugging On Miami Beach Over In Seconds

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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) -- A savage attack for a young woman's purse was captured on camera in Miami Beach and police are turning to the public for help.

It happened Tuesday at 1:40 a.m. in front of a restaurant at 1903 Collins Avenue.

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Surveillance captures a woman getting mugged on Miami Beach on Nov. 14, 2017. (Source: Miami Beach Police Dept.)

A 24-year-old woman was walking along the sidewalk when she was confronted by a gunman who struck her in the face and head, and ripped the purse from her hands.

On the ground, the woman bravely chased after the mugger as he ran back across the street to his getaway vehicle.

Police said two other guys were waiting in that SUV, and video shows the driver reverse down the street they came, waiting on his accomplice to get in.

Officers arrived to find the woman crying and bleeding from the back of her head. She was rushed to the hospital. Police said her stolen purse contained a cell phone and a loaded Taurus handgun.

The attacker and two other black males got away in a silver Nissan Rogue with dark tints, possibly a 2016 model.

If you recognize the man in the video or know anything about those involved, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

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