MANATEE -- A man beaten and robbed by a gunman outside a Palmetto residence late Monday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
About 9:35 p.m., the 50-year-old victim went to a residence in the 1600 block of 82nd Street Court East to pick up his girlfriend, when a gunman entered his vehicle, put a gun to his head and demanded money. When the victim refused, the gunman pistol whipped him on the back of his head, leaving a small cut, according to a news release.
The victim got out of the car and fled into the house, where his girlfriend was waiting. As the victim was trying to close the door, the assailant forced it open.
As they wrestled to the ground, the suspect took the victim's cell phone, car keys and wallet holding $30. The suspect then fled the scene, according to the report.
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Responding deputies searched the area but did not find the suspect.