The incident took place at approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday near Mountlake Terrace High School.
Police say the thieves hid in the bushes along 44th Ave. W., then attacked the man while he was walking home from a store. One of the attackers was armed with a machete, investigators said.
The men ordered the victim to empty his pockets. When he failed to comply, they got rough, police said.
"Punched him in the jaw, in the head. He fell, phone came out of his pocket. They grabbed his phone and kept on running. He had to walk some distance to his home before he could call us," said [Det. Sgt. Doug] Hansen.
Someone later found the victim's cell phone and turned it into police.
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