One woman was stabbed and another thrown to the ground in two violent purse snatchings near Whyte Avenue Tuesday night.

Police were called at about 9:20 p.m. after a 26-year-old woman was confronted at 106th Street and 81st Avenue while walking home.

The man demanded her purse, but the woman fought with him being struck in the chest area, said police spokesperson Scott Pattison. 

Officers quickly realized the woman, who was having trouble breathing, had been stabbed. They managed to stabilize the woman until EMS arrived, Pattison said.

The victim was taken to hospital, where she underwent surgery and remains in stable condition.

The woman told officers she was approached by a man who stepped out of a black SUV and demanded that she hand over her purse.

After a struggle the suspect fled on foot with her purse.

A little more than an hour later, police responded to a second purse snatching complaint in the same area, involving another 26-year-old woman.

The woman was walking up the stairs to her home near 105th Street and 79th Avenue when she was grabbed from behind and thrown to the ground. The woman was wearing ear buds and was not aware of her attacker.

The suspect stole the woman’s purse, before running away.

Police are cautioning anyone walking in the Whyte Avenue area at night to be aware of their surroundings and to avoid wearing ear buds.