DATE/TIME: Wednesday, February 16th, 2005 / 04:45 PM

A 23-year-old Schenectady man has been arrested for attempting to rob a woman on Wendell Avenue at about 9 this morning.

The 24-year-old woman was carrying 2 handbags over her shoulder and walking to her car in the 1000 block of Wendell when she saw a man on a bicycle riding toward her. As he rode by, the man tried to grab the bags from her. However, the victim held onto them, the man got off the bike and a struggle ensued. The man eventually gave up and ran from the scene west on Union Street. He left the bike behind.

The victim reported the incident and Officer Robert Dashnow responded. As Officer Dashnow was securing the bike, a female approached him and stated that the bike was hers and had been stolen. She told him that she lived at 1054 University Place (Apt. 6). After Officer Dashnow accompanied the victim to Police Headquarters, he and Officer Pete Redman went to the University Place apartment building to interview the female. As they entered the building, they heard a commotion coming from her apartment. The female answered the door and stated that only her and her infant were there. However, she allowed the officers inside to look around. While the officers were checking the apartment, they located a man hiding in a crawl space. He matched the description of the suspect in the Wendell Avenue incident and was taken into custody. Clothing that matched that worn by the suspect was also found in the crawl space.

Frederick Berg is charged with Attempted Robbery–3rd degree. He was arraigned in Police Court and remanded to the Schenectady County Jail.

Berg lives in the University Place apartment with the female. She is not being charged in connection with the incident.

The victim was not injured.