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Hagerstown man stabbed in the back in robbery attempt

July 02, 2004

An 18-year-old Hagerstown man was stabbed in the lower back during an attempted robbery Thursday morning, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

The man was treated at Washington County Hospital for an injury to his lower left back and released, police said in a news release.

Police were looking for two men in connection with the stabbing.

Officers were called to the hospital at 4:44 a.m. to talk to the victim, who said he was walking at the rear of 56 E. Antietam St. when he encountered two men, one of whom demanded money, police said.

When he could not produce money, one of the men started to assault him, police said. One of the men produced a knife and repeatedly attempted to stab him, police said.

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Throughout the assault, the assailants tried to search the victim for anything of value, police said.

A resident in the area heard the commotion and called out, asking what was happening, at which point the assailants fled on foot, police said.

The victim realized he had been stabbed and walked to the hospital, police said.

Police said one of the assailants was described as a white male in his late teens, about 6 feet tall with blond hair and wearing a blue New York Yankees cap and a dark shirt.

The second man was described as a white male in his late teens, about 6 feet 1 inch tall, with brown hair and wearing a white T-shirt.

Police ask anyone with information on the crime to call Detective Steve Hoover or Detective George Brandt at 301 790-3700, ext. 234.

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