MANATEE -- A 22-year-old man was pushed off his bike and robbed at knife point Wednesday morning by four unknown suspects, the sheriff’s office reports.
The victim was riding his bike at about 6 a.m. near the intersection of Eighth Avenue West and Church Road when three men got out of a four-door vehicle, possibly a dark-colored Mazda with a manual transmission, and pointed a knife at him, a media release said.
The suspects spoke Spanish and the victim could not understand them, the release said.
The victim was cut on his right arm as one of the suspects tried to cut the straps of his backpack. The suspects then made off with a wallet containing about $5, a driver license, and bottles of MS Contin, Valium and over the counter Ibuprofen, a release said.
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The victim told deputies that he had never seen the suspects before, but he was pretty sure that the car had passed him prior to the attack and that he might have seen it around Palmetto.
The suspect vehicle fled southbound on Eighth Avenue West and the victim was treated on scene for his injury, the release said.
One of the suspects was last seen wearing a white shirt, dark baggy shorts and had a large spider web tattoo on his left hand that covered his entire arm. Two of the other suspects were last seen wearing a light-colored shirt with dark baggy shorts and there was no description for the driver of the vehicle, which is said to have “after market rims” and an unknown bumper sticker in the middle of the rear bumper.
Anyone with more information on this incident is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (941) 747-3011.