MANATEE -- A man Thursday afternoon was robbed at gunpoint by a friend, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
About 12:36 p.m., the victim and his assailant were in the victim's apartment in the 600 block of 69th Avenue Drive East, when the suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded a bag and a cell phone, according to a news release.
The victim handed over the phone, along with a bag containing a small amount of cash, change and cigars.
The victim and the suspect "are/were friends," the release states.
The suspect's nickname is "Cheez." He is about 22 years old, stands 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He has short hair and tattoos in the Adam's apple area of his neck and on his upper right tricep. The suspect's full name was not included in the release.
The suspect drives a small red four-door car, the sheriff's office said.