Anchorage police are looking for the knife-wielding thief, who rushed into Carol Lang's garage as she was leaving for work.
Police said the man plunged the knife into Lang from behind before taking off with her purse about 8 a.m. Friday.
Police said Lang sustained nonfatal injuries.
She was treated at Providence Alaska Medical Center. A hospital spokeswoman said Lang was released Friday afternoon.
The suspect is described as a thin black man, about 6-foot-1 and wearing a black hoodie.