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A machete-wielding maniac robbed a woman of her handbag on a Coney Island-D train on July 27 as it rumbled past Avenue U.

The 26-year-old victim told police she got on the train in Manhattan at around 4 am and fell asleep.

Nearly an hour later she was awakened by the thug’s hands round her throat.

The thief demanded her property, but when she said she didn’t have anything, he flew into a rage.

Police said he pulled a machete, threw the woman onto the floor and kicked her in the head before running off with her purse.

Where: McDonald Avenue and Avenue U
Updated Oct. 21, 2011
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