Man beats, robs woman after forcing way into house

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were searching Sunday for an armed robber who punched, choked and stole $200 in cash from a 41-year-old Augusta woman Friday night after forcing his way into her home.

About 9:45 p.m., a man armed with a handgun knocked on the door of a home in the 2500 block of Sheraton Drive, then forced his way inside when the victim answered.

He punched the victim in the face, grabbed her by the throat, choked her and demanded money. The suspect took $200 in cash from the victim’s purse, then ran away.

The suspect is described as black, slender, approximately 5 feet, 11 inches tall, last seen wearing blue jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt and dew-rag.

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