A 76-year-old woman was choked by a man outside of Sears at the Vintage Faire Mall on Sunday when she refused to give up her purse, authorities said.

The woman was walking into the east entrance on of the Sears at 1 p.m. Sunday when a man who’d been standing by some bushes smoking “jumped out and told her to give him her purse,” said Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Sharon Bear.

The woman refused and the man proceeded to choke her, Bear said.

The woman was able to break free and go inside the mall where she found a security guard.

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