Police are appealing for witnesses to an attempted robbery in York Gardens, Hastings, which happened at about 6.20pm on Tuesday (21 April).
A 46-year-old woman who had just left Costa Coffee to walk through the alleyway, York Gardens, was approached by a man who tried to snatch her handbag.
The victim was dragged to the ground and suffered cuts and hands and knees but refused to yield.
Her attacker then ran off.
Detective Constable Julian Stokes, of Hastings CID, said: “We would like to speak to anyone who saw what happened or who may have other information about this incident.
“The offender is described as a white man wearing a distinctive red, long-sleeved top, blue jeans and brown shoes.
“He had stubble on his face and was heavily tanned.”
Anyone able to help can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 101, quoting serial 1282 of 21/4.
Alternatively they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers, without having to leave their name, on 0800 55 111.
A 44-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery has been released on bail until June 25 while enquiries continue.