MANATEE — A 61-year-old man told deputies he was robbed by an ex-jail cellmate he had been drinking with, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim said the suspect awakened him about 3:42 a.m. Thursday by putting his forearm across his throat, pointing what looked like a gun to his eye and demanding money, according to a news release.
The suspect then fled with the victim’s wallet, which held about $280.
The robbery happened in a trailer in the 2800 block of 17th Street West. The suspect was last seen fleeing toward 14th Street West, according to the sheriff’s office.
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Sarasota sheriff searches for shooting witnesses
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County Sher- iff’s Office is searching for witnesses after a man allegedly shot him- self at a convenience store just south of Uni- versity Parkway, accord- ing to a released state- ment.
The shooting took place at 6:15 a.m. Thursday at 7-Eleven, 5420 N. Lockwood Ridge Road.
Detectives are searching for customers who witnessed the incident.
Anyone with any information can contact the sheriff’s office at (941) 861-4939.
— Marc Masferrer and Beth Burger