MANATEE - A 46-year-old man was mugged late Monday as he rode home on his bicycle, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
The victim was riding in the 4800 block of Fifth Street West, when a white SUV pulled in behind him. Four or five men jumped out, pushed the victim off the bicycle and hit him in the head, according to a news release.
One attacker tried to remove items from the victim's pockets while he was being hit. The victim then reached into his pocket and threw cash on the group. The suspects took the money and fled in the SUV, northbound on Fifth Street West.
Deputies searched the area but did not find anything. The victim suffered a black eye and a small laceration near his eyebrow, according to the sheriff's office.