Two Patchogue men were arrested, charged with attempted robbery, after police said they tried to steal a cellphone from a man walking along a local street late Sunday.

The attempted robbery took place on Carmen Street in Patchogue at 10:40 p.m., Suffolk County police said.

The victim, identified only as a 49-year-old man, called 911 to say he had been approached by two men in a white Mitsubishi Galant and that one had exited the vehicle, pointed "what appeared to be a black handgun" at him -- and demanded his phone, police said.

The victim refused, police said. A brief altercation ensued. Then, police said, the suspect got back into the car and fled the scene empty-handed.

The victim was uninjured.

Police said Fifth Precinct officers James Lennon and Brian Panuccio saw a vehicle fitting the description, stopped it on Norton Street in Patchogue and determined the two men in the car had been involved.

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Andre Quick, 19, of Grove Avenue, and Jared Hartley, 20, of Rose Avenue, were both arrested and charged with first-degree attempted robbery.

Both were arraigned Monday and each held pending bail of $40,000 cash or $120,000 bond.

With Ellen Yan