A man attempted to rob three women at gunpoint late Tuesday at Poydras Street and O’Keefe Avenue, New Orleans police said.

The three women, ages 52, 61 and 63, were approached by an unknown armed man around 10:37 p.m., the New Orleans Police Department said in a preliminary offense log. The man, who was wearing a dark sports coat and blue jeans, demanded the women’s cellphones and purses.

The victims refused, and one woman ran into the street and flagged down a passing car, police said.

The suspect fled down O’Keefe Avenue toward Lafayette Street.

The suspect is approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall with medium length blonde, wavy hair, police said.