Woman gets purse stolen, chases robber.

A similar robbery occurred on April 30.

As Samantha Pace parked her car near her Stadium Village apartment around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday, she looked down at her phone to read a text message. When Pace looked up, there were two men standing at her door. The 30-year-old medical student had her purse forcibly taken from her, which contained her identification, make-up, car keys, apartment keys, digital camera and wallet. A similar incident occurred early Thursday morning, in which one man stole a purse from a woman in a parked car, a police report stated. University of Minnesota police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said the incidents are probably related. In TuesdayâÄôs incident, the man forced the purse from PaceâÄôs hands once the other suspect pushed her face away, according to the police report. âÄúIt didnâÄôt hurt,âÄù Pace said. âÄúI was just really pissed off.âÄù Pace had good reason: she was booked on a 7:00 a.m. flight to Chicago to look for an apartment. Screaming, Pace attempted to chase the men down, she said. Although she chased the men with her purse for more than a half mile, she said she was unable to catch up. âÄúItâÄôs not that I didnâÄôt have the [running] stamina,âÄù Pace said. âÄúThey just had the strong initial burst. I wish I was better at sprinting.âÄù One man split away from the chase and dropped his sweatshirt, which Minneapolis police inventoried, according to the report. Despite PaceâÄôs troubles, she was still able to make her flight to Chicago and lease an apartment. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Minneapolis Police Robbery Unit at 612-673-3645.