MANATEE -- A 48-year-old man early this morning was beaten with a shovel and robbed in a wooded area off 14th Street West in Bradenton, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
The victim was walking in the 6000 block of 14th Street West about 4:24 a.m. when he was approached by two men who offered him a ride to his home. They told him he had to walk through some woods to get to where the ride was, and as they were walking they struck the victim about the head with a shovel and took his wallet and bicycle, according to a news release.
The suspects fled east on 60th Avenue West.
Paramedics treated the victim for a cut to the head and possible broken nose, the sheriff's office said.