MANATEE -- A man was able successfully fight off two assailants, including one with a gun, who tried rob him, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
About 1:26 a.m. Friday, the victim was parked in the driveway of his residence in the 1000 block of 30th Avenue East and had opened the door to his car when two suspects approached him. One stood in the doorway of the car and pointed a gun at him, according to a news release.
The other suspect reached into the car and put a hand over the victim's mouth. The victim was yelling, so the gunman struck him on the side of the head with the gun, according to the sheriff's office.
The other suspect attempted to reach into the victim's pants pocket while telling the victim, "Gimme it," according to the report.
The victim tried to lean over the center console to create distance and one of the suspects reached in to try to choke him. The victim was able to pull the hand off his throat and began kicking him., according to the report.
The suspects then fled, empty-handed, according to the sheriff's office.
Deputies, including a police dog, set up a perimeter but the suspects were not located.