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Teen Slashed in Face in Attempted Cellphone Robbery on R Train, NYPD Says

By Shaye Weaver | August 10, 2017 2:10pm
 The R train.
The R train.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — A would-be mugger slashed a 16-year-old in the face when the victim refused to hand over his cellphone aboard an R train Wednesday night, police said. 

The suspect tried grabbing the teen's phone out of his hand before their train reached the 59th Street-Lexington Avenue station around 7:20 p.m., police said.

When the man wasn't successful, he used a knife to slash the teen on the right side of his face, police said.

He was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in stable condition, authorities said.

The man, who was wearing a blue rag on his head, fled in an unknown direction, and police had been unable to track him down as of Thursday, the NYPD said.