Man pistol-whipped by his girlfriend, others at her Bradenton apartment

November 25, 2013 

MANATEE - A man told authorities he was beaten about about the face with a gun when confronted by assailants in his girlfriend's apartment, including his girlfriend.

The girlfriend, identified as Bernita T. Roberson, was arrested and charged with battery, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Authorities believe the pistol-whipping occurred at 9:27 p.m. Saturday in the 4500 block of 26th Street West.

The report claims that the incident grew out of an argument over a check.

Roberson and the male victim have been dating for about six months but do not live together, according to the report.

The victim works for a car dealership with a body shop and when Roberson needed car repairs he suggested she take it to his employer and paid for the repairs out of his pocket, the report states.

But Roberson has accused the victim of taking her entire insurance claim check for the repairs, the report states.

The victim was invited to Roberson's apartment on Saturday but when he arrived he was soon confronted by Roberson holding a .22 caliber pistol, Roberson's brother, who also had a pistol and an unknown female, who also had a pistol, the report states.

The three pistol-packing individuals stood up in front of the victim, the report indicates.

Roberson, the unknown female, and another male, held the victim down while Roberson's brother struck him on the left side of his face with his firearm 10 times, the report states.

The four attackers then grabbed him and threw him out the door, the report adds.

The victim was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Roberson was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail, according to the sheriff's office website.

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