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GARY — A man slashed a woman's throat Tuesday and drove off in her car after she told him she would not give him money, police said.

Gary police were dispatched about 2:40 a.m. to the 500 block of Van Buren Street for a stabbing, Lt. Dawn Westerfield said.

The 34-year-old Gary woman told police she was talking on her phone while sitting in her parked car when the man got in and asked for money. She told him no, and he began to pull at her purse, police said.

They struggled, and the man cut her throat with a knife, police said. He allegedly took her money and debit cards and drove off in her car.

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The woman was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, police said.

The car is a green 1995 Dodge Intrepid with Indiana license plate number 500LNP, police said. Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to immediately call 911.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Sgt. William Fazekas at 219-881-1210. To remain anonymous, call 866-CRIME-GP.

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