Two men were stabbed while they were walking in central Fresno early Sunday morning during an attempted robbery, Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez reported.
The men, both in their 30s, were walking near Marks and Dakota avenues right after midnight as one was talking on his cellphone.
They were attacked by two men armed with knives, and one bandit tried to take the cellphone. The victim resisted and was stabbed in the arm with one of the knives. The other man was stabbed in the finger, Gomez said.
The victims were able to keep the cellphone and ran south on Marks Avenue to the Paradise Apartments on North Pleasant Avenue, where a resident called the police.
The victims were treated for their injuries at Community Regional Medical Center.
The police are asking for the public's help to identify the suspects, who are both wanted for attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, Gomez said.
The first suspect is described as an African-American man in his mid-20s. He was last seen wearing a burgundy shirt. The second suspect is described as a Caucasian man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored shirt and light pants.
Anyone with information on their identities is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP. Callers can remain anonymous and may receive up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
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