Man accused of punching woman during Greensboro attempted robbery

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro police arrested a man they say punched a woman in the face while attempting to rob her Tuesday afternoon.

Steven Ray Laughlin, 41, of East Washington Street in Greensboro, is charged with attempted robbery, assault of a female, and resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.

Officers responded to Arlington Street and Gate City Boulevard around 3:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a strong armed robbery, according to Susan Danielsen with the Greensboro Police Department.

Three women were standing by a car when police say Laughlin approached and punched one of the women in the face while attempting to take her purse. The victim was treated by EMS on the scene.

One of the women pulled out a canister of pepper spray and sprayed Laughlin.

Police say the suspect fled on foot toward the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Vance Street.

Officers formed a perimeter and a K-9 unit found the suspect hiding under the back deck of a home on Vance Street.

Laughlin is being held on a $10,000 secured bond.

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