Detectives Searching For Armed Suspect

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A man was robbed at knife-point and injured as he walked his dog in the South Ponderosa Street neighborhood Friday night, police said.

Payson police are now searching for the suspect.

"We received a 911 call from a woman who said her husband had been stabbed in front of their apartment complex," Payson Police Lt. Don Engler said.

Officers arrived to find the victim had a superficial knife wound.

"It was an attempted robbery," Engler said. "The individual approached the gentleman out walking his dog and produced a knife and told him that he wanted his wallet."

When the victim said he had no wallet, the suspect swung the knife at him and fled.

"He was not actually stabbed, but had a minor injury to his midsection," Engler said. "He was treated at the scene by the (Payson) fire department."

Officers were not able to find the suspect. Engler said the suspect is described as a Hispanic male, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing approximately 250 pounds.

"He was last seen wearing a dark sweatshirt and light blue jeans," Engler said. "He was in possession of a knife that was about 9 inches long -- a hunting-style knife."

Anyone who witnessed the attack or has any information is asked to call Det. Matt Van Camp at the Payson Police Department at (928) 474-5242 ext. 251.

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