MANATEE -- A Manatee woman was punched in the face and stomach in a struggle over rent money Friday night, the sheriff’s office reports.
According to the victim, she met with the suspect and a friend at Winn Dixie. The victim and suspect agreed to meet with the victim’s boyfriend at a residence in the 1600 block of 56th Avenue Drive East, about a mile from the Winn Dixie, to pick up rent money. The victim told the suspect she would give him $10 for gas money, according to a media release.
After the victim picked up the rent money, she returned to the suspect’s car, the release stated. The victim was attempting to get into the vehicle when the suspect grabbed the money in the victim’s hand and a struggle ensued.
The male suspect punched the victim several times in the face and stomach, the release stated. The victim continued holding on to the money as the vehicle took off from the property, thus dragging the victim a few feet. The victim let go of the money at that time and the vehicle continued to flee the scene westbound on 56th Ave Drive East.
The victim suffered a few minor cuts and refused medical treatment, according to the release.