Woman refuses to give in to knife-wielding man trying to rob her

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PITTSBURGH - Authorities are investigating the report of an attempted street robbery earlier this week on Brookline Boulevard in South Pittsburgh.

According to police, a 42-year-old woman was attempting to use the ATM in the 800 block of Brookline Boulevard around 6 a.m. Monday when she was approached from behind by an unknown man.

The woman told investigators that the man brandished a knife and demanded money. She said she argued with him and he eventually walked away toward Stebbins Avenue.

The woman said she followed the man and yelled at him. He eventually turned onto Trelona Way and the woman said she drove away.

The man was described as a white male with freckled complexion. He was about 5 feet 7 inches tall and clean shaven. He was wearing wire framed glasses, a gray jacket, green cargo shorts and a gray baseball cap.

Anyone able to identify the man is asked to contact Pittsburgh police Commander Scott Schubert at 412-937-3051. Callers may remain anonymous.

Brookline residents and people who work in the area told Channel 11 News they’re fed up with crime in the area.

“Good for her. She definitely should have stuck up for herself,” one resident said.

“They’re lucky. I would have chased him, too,” said Tom Snare, who owns the antiques store next to the ATM.