Toronto police are searching for a man who allegedly tried to steal a woman's purse on a GO train without success before activating an emergency stop in order to escape.

Authorities say the attempted robbery happened Tuesday at around 11 p.m. on the Lakeshore East GO train line. Police say the suspect pulled the brake to stop the train, then pried open the doors and fled on foot.

Investigators say the man hopped off near Birchmount Road and Raleigh Avenue, which is just north of Danforth Avenue in Toronto's east end. 

The woman holding the purse suffered minor injuries from the confrontation.

Police shut down service on the Lakeshore East line for at least an hour in order to investigate, causing major delays for GO train riders across the Lakeshore line.

Service resumed just after midnight.

CBC News contacted police to get information on a suspect description but have yet to hear back. 

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Police shut down service on the Lakeshore East line for at least an hour in order to investigate last night. (Michael Charles Cole/CBC)