A woman fought off a man who tried to snatch her handbag.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after the attempted robbery in Meltham on Wednesday.
It occurred after the 22-year-old victim was grabbed from behind by a man who demanded her bag.
She fought him off before running away with her property.
The incident happened at about 8.50pm on Matthew Lane.
The suspect was described as white, in his early 20s, 5ft 10ins tall and of medium build with a local accent.
He was wearing a black hooded top with a small Adidas emblem on the left breast and black or grey tracksuit bottoms.
Anyone who witnessed the offence or has information should contact Det Con Nicola Keitch at the Kirklees Robbery Team on 101.
Information can also be passed in confidence to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.