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Man stabbed after two demand money from him

July 26, 2011

COSTA MESA — A man suffered stab wounds during an attempted robbery early Tuesday morning in Costa Mesa, police said.

The 39-year-old man was walking alone in the 1900 block of Whittier Avenue about 1 a.m. when two suspects approached him and asked for money, said Costa Mesa Lt. Rob Sharpnack.

When the man refused, the two suspects surrounded him and began demanding money, police said. A fight ensued and the victim sustained a stab wound in his lower torso, according to police reports.

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The injured man walked into Hoag Hospital and was then taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana for treatment and released, Sharpnack said. The stab wound was not life-threatening.

Police said the suspects were described as Hispanic males in their early 20s, wearing T-shirts and long shorts.

— Alexandra Baird

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