GARY — Police are investigating after a man tried to rob a woman Friday night at a church on Cleveland Street.

The suspect was described as about 6 feet tall and white with a long beard. He was wearing a tan camouflage jacket, a spokesman with the Lake County Sheriff's Police Department said.

The victim told police she was at Embassy Christ Church, 4295 Cleveland St., in Gary at about 7:15 p.m. Friday when the man attempted to rob her of her purse.

During a struggle, all of the items in her purse fell out and she screamed.

After he fled, police searched nearby businesses with no success.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Report-a-Crime "Hotline" at 1-800-750-2746.

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Public safety reporter

Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.