Three men were robbed by three other men while walking on East Johnson Street early Monday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

The victims, ages 24, 24 and 25, told police they were approached by three other men in the 500 block of East Johnson Street and one of them asked for a cigarette. When the men said they didn’t have any, the other three men responded by pulling knives.

The robbers took cellphones and money before fleeing, according to police.

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