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7-year-old punched, mom’s cellphone swiped in St. Paul

ST. PAUL -- Two men grabbed a woman’s cellphone and punched her 7-year-old daughter in the mouth Sunday in St. Paul, police said.

Police were notified at 1 p.m. June 10 about the assault and robbery at a bus stop.

The 30-year-old woman was with her son and daughter at Rice Street and Hoyt Avenue when two men, who appeared to be in their early 20s, rode up on bicycles, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman.

Without saying anything, one man grabbed the phone out of the woman’s hand and the other punched her daughter. Paramedics checked out the girl, who had a swollen upper lip but did not need to go to the hospital, Linders said.

A detailed description of the men was not available. They were last seen riding away on their bicycles and police did not find them.

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