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Man slashes Takoma Park teen over iPad

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A 13-year-old Montgomery County girl is recovering after someone slashed her arms as she walked home from school Monday evening. 

It happened around 5:15 p.m., at Glenside Drive and Anne Street in Takoma Park, and it was all over an iPad.

Neighbor Zenobia Roberts says, "That's very scary, and it is very concerning."

Roberts was sitting in her backyard when police with search dogs appeared out of nowhere, looking for the armed and dangerous man.

Police say the man tried to grab the girl's iPad, and when he didn't get it, he repeatedly slashed her arms with a sharp object. But, police say she fought back. The teen used her backpack to fight the suspect. When he fell to the ground, she ran home.

"She is a brave, young lady, but I guess at that age most teenagers are brave and don't understand the sense of danger," neighbor General Bradford adds.

The girl's injuries are not life-threatening, and the suspect is still on the loose.

Takoma Park police spokeswoman Catherine Plevy says, "She and her family have been working really close with our detectives."

Officers are advising children in the area to walk in pairs or groups. Police also say to keep expensive electronics out of sight.

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