The attempted robbery happened on the 400 block of 13th Street NE about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
The woman was walking in the area when a man went up to her from behind, according to authorities. He then tried to grab her purse. But she used pepper spray to stop him.
He ran away soon after, empty-handed.
Attempt Robbery at 13th & D NE LOF a tall, B/M, all black clothing. CALL 911 W/ EVENT #I20160089989
— dcalerts (@dcalerts) February 17, 2016
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