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A woman walking home early Thursday morning was mugged by a man who punched her and stole her phone.

The mugging was reported at about 2:40 a.m. on West Gorham Street at North Bassett Street, Madison police said.

The woman told police she was talking on her phone when the man ran up to her and tried to take her purse.

"The victim struggled to hold onto her purse, at which point the suspect punched her in the face," said Sgt. Galen Wiering.

The victim dropped the phone, the suspect picked it up and fled on foot.

No description of the suspect was given.

Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.