WALNUT CREEK -- A woman walking through Broadway Plaza late Wednesday escaped without serious physical injury after she fought back when a boy tried to steal her cellphone, police said.

The attempted strong-arm robbery happened just before 9:25 p.m., when the woman was walking through the plaza. A boy younger than 18 who wore a bright orange jacket walked up behind the woman and tried to grab the cellphone from her hand, Walnut Creek police Sgt. Mike Sugrue said.

The woman fought back, Sugrue said, but the boy kicked and hit her, then pulled her to the ground. The woman's screams alerted other shoppers, and the suspect fled south through Broadway Plaza toward Newell Avenue, Sugrue said.

After a brief search, police found the suspect on Newell Avenue and detained him. They also found an orange jacket matching the description of the one worn by the suspect.

The woman and a witness identified the boy, and police arrested him. Police did not release his age, but said that he was last known to have resided in Fairfield. He was taken to Juvenile Hall in Martinez.

The woman suffered only a scrape on her elbow, Sugrue said.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789. Follow him at Twitter.com/3rderh.



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