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Would-Be Mugger Slashes Straphanger, Cops Say

CONEY ISLAND — A would-be thief on the subway slashed his victim's hand and fled empty handed, cops said.

The man brandished a knife and demanded a 27-year-old man's cellphone on Monday Feb. 15 about 11:50 a.m., according to the NYPD.

In the ensuing sttruggle after the straphanger refused, the knifeman slashed his victim's left hand and fled the train with nothing at the Coney Island - Stillwell Ave. subway station, police said.

The victim was taken to Lutheran Medical Center and treated for non-life-threatening injuries, cops said.

Police described the suspect as appproximately 5-feet-8, weighing about 145 pounds and in his late teens. He was last spotted wearing a black bubble coat with yellow trim.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).