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BLOOMINGTON — Two men reported being robbed at knifepoint Wednesday in separate incidents, and one victim suffered a wound to his hand.

Bloomington police officers were dispatched at 11:05 p.m. to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, for a man claiming to have been stabbed.

The victim told police he was walking in the 800 block of West Monroe Street when he felt a sharp object strike his back and someone then demanded his wallet. The victim said he turned around and attempted to defend himself.

He was stabbed in the hand before the robber fled west on foot, police said, adding the injury was not life-threatening.

The suspect is described as a black male who is about 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighs about 180 pounds and has a long, dark beard.

At 8:42 p.m., police were called to the 1300 block of North Main Street. The victim in that case told police he was making a delivery on Ginger Trail earlier in the day when two male suspects displayed knives and demanded money from him. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled south on foot.

No injuries were reported in that incident.

The suspects were described as black men, 18 to 22 years of age. Further details were not released.

The investigations are ongoing, anyone with information is asked to contact BPD Detective Jared Roth at (309) 434-2379 or jroth@cityblm.org or Detective Matt Dick at (309) 434-2475 or mdick@cityblm.org.

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