MANATEE - A Manatee man successfully fought off the attempt by two would-be muggers to rob him, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
The victim was walking his trash to a Dumpster in the Bayshore on the Lake Apartments, 2200 38th Ave. W., about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, when two suspects demanded his wallet. The victim refused and continued towards the Dumpster, according to a news release.
"The suspects then jumped the victim from behind in an attempt to take his wallet," the release states. "The victim then defended himself effectively, repelling the attack."
The suspects fled, one of them bleeding "heavily" from the face, according to the sheriff's office.
The victim suffered some scrapes to his hands but did not need medical attention.
The suspects were not located.
Anyone with information about the attack can call Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-8477.