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Moline woman held up at knifepoint thwarts robbery attempt

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A Moline woman says she is still in shock after a man armed with a knife tried to rob her and attempted to force his way into her apartment.

"He had a knife in his hand, and was like, I want your money," said Paula Clark, hours after the attempted armed robbery. "He had a mask on. All I saw was his eyes and his knife," she said.

It happened around ten Friday morning outside her apartment complex in the 1800 block of 53rd Street in Moline. When she told the man her purse was inside her apartment, he marched her down the stairs at knifepoint.

When she got to the door, she made her move.

"I jumped in and turned around and tried to push the door, screaming for my husband Jim to help me," she said. She was able to slam the door and the would-be robber ran off.

"One more good shove and he would have been in the apartment," Clark said. She's lived in the neighborhood ten years, and this was a first.

"I'm terrified, and I'm in shock it could happen here."

Police searched the area, but don't have much to go on. The suspect is only described as a black man in his twenties, about six feet tall, with a thin build.

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