MANATEE — A woman told authorities she used pepper spray to escape a robbery in Manatee County.
The woman said she was approached at 6:30 a.m. Saturday at 5844 14th St. W., by a man driving an older silver Mustang, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.
After she refused his demand for money, the man grabbed her left arm and tried to swing her to the ground, taking her purse at the same time, according to the report.
The victim then started pepper spraying the suspect who dropped the purse and fled with $15 of hers, according to the report.
The victim sustained no injuries, the report states.
The suspect was described as male, 5-foot-7 to 5-11, roughly 30 years old, short black hair, wearing a black shirt over a white tank top, with jean shorts and boots.