MANATEE – Authorities say a half-dozen men beat a boy Friday night after asking him what gang he belonged to, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.
The victim was riding his bicycle around 7:30 p.m. along 12th Street East when the attack occurred, officials said. He is listed as a juvenile, but officials did not release his name or age.
Deputies say the group of men, wearing all blue, asked the boy what gang he belonged to. When the boy answered he did not belong to a gang, the men began hitting and kicking him, the sheriff’s report said. During the attack, the boy was able to escape and ride his bicycle away. No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information on the attack is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 941-747-3011, or Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.