MANATEE -- Seven persons were robbed about 3:30 a.m. Sunday as they gathered in the front yard of a residence in the 6000 block of 5th St. E., near Bradenton, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office reports.
Four males wearing black masks and armed with handguns arrived in an older model, red pickup truck and stopped in front of the residence. The robbers exited the truck, ran up to the victims and told them to get on the ground. All of the victims complied.
Taken from the victims’ pockets were cell phones and an undetermined amount of cash. The suspects ran back to the truck and fled northbound on 5th Street East. They remain at large, according to a sheriff's press release.