This story was updated June 13 with a chance in the description of the suspect, as well as an increase in the amount of the reward.
Howard County police are seeking a woman caught on camera assaulting and robbing a woman who was walking into a Columbia bar.
The video, seen above, was taken on Sunday, May 29, at about 2 a.m. at the Second Chance Saloon, which is located in the Oakland Mills Village Center on the 5800 block of Robert Oliver Place.
The victim, who police identified as a 27-year-old woman, was entering the bar when the suspect hit her, knocking her to the floor. The suspect appears to punch the victim a few more times before taking her purse.
“Police do not believe the victim knew the suspect and do not believe there was any communication between the two before the robbery,” said Sherry Llewellyn, spokeswoman for the Howard County Police Department.
The victim was treated at the scene for minor facial injuries, police said.
The suspect was described as a black woman, approximately 5' 5" and 180 to 190 pounds, with dark brown hair in a ponytail, and wearing a short-sleeved yellow shirt and a short black skirt or shorts.
Police are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the suspect’s identity and arrest. Anyone with information about who the suspect is or know her whereabouts can call a tip line at 410-313-STOP (7867). Callers can remain anonymous.