An intruder claiming to be a council worker assaulted his 79-year-old victim when she found him in her home.
The woman, who lives in the Fieldhouse area of Moortown, was at home at about 7.45am last Friday when she noticed a man in front of her house.
Police said she then saw he had got inside and was in her hallway.
When she challenged him he claimed he was from the council and walked into her living room.
He then shoved her to the floor and stole her handbag before escaping.
Detective Inspector Phil Jackson, of Leeds District CID, said: “This was obviously a really distressing experience for the victim who fortunately was not seriously hurt.”
Police have released an e-fit image of the man, who was white, 35 to 40 years old and about 6ft 4ins tall, with a long pointy nose which had a bump on it.
He had a thin face and appeared to have a squint and was wearing a short, dark jacket, trousers, a baseball cap and dark rimmed glasses.
Det Insp Jackson added: “We would like to hear urgently from anyone who thinks they recognise the man shown in the e-fit or who saw someone fitting his description in the area.”
A 46-year old-man arrested in connection with the incident has been bailed pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information should call Det Con Alexa Worsnop at Elland Road police station via 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.