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Man wounded in armed robbery

WINCHESTER -- Authorities are looking for clues in an armed robbery that sent a man to the hospital earlier this week.

The two suspects wounded a 56-year-old Springfield man at a residence in the 100 block of Longstreet Avenue during an incident that occurred Sunday but wasn't reported to authorities until Thursday, according to Maj. Robert "Robbie" Eckman of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

The victim was visiting the residence of a friend when the suspects entered sometime between 6 and 7 p.m., Eckman said. The witnesses described one suspect as a tall, thin black male and the other as a black male with a medium build.

One of the suspects struck the victim in the face with a revolver, Eckman said. The suspects then began kicking and punching the victim. They also robbed the victim "of a substantial amount of cash," Eckman said.

The resident took the victim to the VA hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., Eckman said, where he was treated and released. The victim suffered a fractured left cheekbone and lacerations to the nose and ribs, Eckman said.

Authorities believe the victim and the assailants know each other, he said. It was not clear if the suspects were let into the residence or if they forced their way in, Eckman added.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 662-6162 or Crime Solvers at 665-TIPS.

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