Ryan Chartrand

A Cal Poly psychology senior was mugged Monday morning while walking along Mill Street.

Marissa Nakano was walking along the 1400 block of Mill Street at about 7:50 a.m. when, according to a San Luis Obispo Police Department press release, “an older, white, full-sized pick-up drove up to her and stopped.”

Police said the passenger in the truck got out and ripped the purse out of Nakano’s hands as she fell to the ground. The suspect then reportedly jumped back in the vehicle, and drove eastbound on Mill, while Nakano suffered minor scrapes.

A witness was nearby and called 9-1-1 to report the crime. Authorities described the passenger from the pick-up as a white male in his early 20s with a shaved head, mustache and goatee. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and is about 5 feet 10 inches with a medium build. The driver was also reported to be a white male.

Five to six police units responded to the call and combed the area immediately after the incident.

“The investigation has unfolded quite a bit. We have a lot more information and some good leads,” said SLOPD Sgt. Kurt Hixenbaugh.

The police department said the situation is being looked at as an isolated incident.

Nakano’s purse contained credit cards and her cell phone at the least.

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