The 70-year-old was leaving a Bible study when the suspect, identified as 48-year-old Gilbert Ostring, approached her and asked about the location of any nearby shelters.
He then grabbed her purse, causing her to land hard onto the pavement. Police said she suffered broken bones in her right hand and facial injuries.
A robbery warrant has been issued for Ostring's arrest. He's believed to be driving the Dodge truck, which bears Tennessee license number 8K76T3.
Police said he has multiple prior convictions out of Davidson, Williamson and Knox Counties for offenses including theft, forgery, identity theft, fraudulent use of credit cards, and reckless aggravated assault. He got out of state prison in June 2017