PALMETTO -- A Palmetto man reported to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office he was the victim of a carjacking at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.
The victim told detectives he gave a ride to a 6-foot, 30-year-old man wearing a black shirt with dark pants from the 1300 block of Eighth Avenue West to First Avenue East and 25th Street East in Palmetto.
Once they arrived, the suspect and a second bald 5-7 man about 20 to 25-years-old, 150 to 160 pounds, wearing no shirt and dark shorts, removed the victim from his vehicle, punched him in the face and threw him to the ground. The suspects then removed the victim's belongings from his pockets before leaving in the victim's vehicle.
Deputies found the vehicle a short distance from the scene. The suspects have not been located. .