A 72-year-old woman was pulled to the ground and dragged along when a man tried to snatch her handbag in Wellingborough.
The victim was walking along Chace Road, near the junction with Chester Road, Wellingborough, when one of two men walking towards her attempted to snatch her bag.
She held on to the bag and was pulled to the ground and dragged along.
She screamed and the man ran off without the bag, believed to be in the direction of the park.
Witnesses described the offender as a white man over 5ft 7in and he wore a cap and dark clothing.
Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information about it, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.