East Point police are investigating an incident in which a robber pepper-sprayed a woman outside a bank then snatched her purse.

City spokesman James Hammond said the victim was attacked just before noon Monday as she was entering the Wells Fargo Bank in the 2800 block of East Point Street.

“As the victim was entering the bank, an unidentified perpetrator approached her, sprayed her with pepper spray and then, after a brief struggle, took her purse,” Hammond said.

He described the robber as a slender black male “wearing a yellow baseball style cap, colorful shirt and blue jeans.”

Hammond said the man fled on foot, but a red sedan was seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed immediately after the robbery.