Police are appealing for information from the public following a robbery at Newcastle on Christmas Eve.
Just after midday on Thursday 24 December, a 27-year-old woman was working at a relaxation centre on Glebe Road, The Junction, when she saw a man take cash from her purse.
When she went to stop the male from leaving, he assaulted her by grabbing her by the throat and wrist, while wrestling with her.
The man fled from the centre and was last seen running along Glebe Road towards Kenrick Street.
The woman was shaken but not otherwise hurt during the incident.
The matter was reported to officers from Newcastle City Police District, who started an investigation.
As inquiries continue, police have released a description of a man they believe can assist them.
He is said to be of African or Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander in appearance, with a dark complexion, aged about 25, and 175cm to180cm tall.
At the time, he was wearing a dark hat, a T-shirt, white shorts, white shoes and was carrying a black bum bag.
Anyone with information concerning the robbery or who has dashcam footage of a man running on Glebe Road on Christmas Eve should contact Newcastle City Police District or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Earlier today (Wednesday 30 December), local police also released a CCTV image in relation to another robbery, this time at Corlette.
About 10am on Thursday 10 December, a man entered a shop on Sandy Point Road where he approached a female employee and demanded cash before leaving the scene south along Sandy Point Road towards Bagnalls Beach.
Detectives from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District are now investigating the matter.
They’re seeking a man, who’s been described as of Caucasian appearance, aged in his late 30s, with a thin build and a potbelly, and a dark blond-coloured mohawk style haircut with shaved sides.
He was seen wearing a black-hooded jumper, a black t-shirt, black shoes, a black hat and sunglasses.
Again, anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au