MANATEE — A man was pistol-whipped and robbed while walking along U.S. 41 in Palmetto, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
About 11:07 p.m. Saturday, the victim and another man were walking along the 2100 block of U.S. 41 North, toward a RaceTrac gas station, when an assailant approached from behind, according to a news release.
The gunman pistol-whipped one man and pointed the gun at the second man, who ran away, according to the sheriff’s office.
The suspect then demanded the first man’s wallet, grabbed it and ran, according to the sheriff’s office.
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The gunman was described as wearing dark clothing, including a hooded sweatshirt, and a mask.