A 21-year-old woman was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint in the 900 block of Frenchmen Street in the early hours Wednesday, according to a news release issued by the New Orleans Police Department.

The news release said a black male approached the victim from behind, struck her several times with a handgun and fled the scene after grabbing the woman’s purse.

The incident occurred shortly after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.