MANATEE -- A woman was pepper sprayed and robbed when she got into a car with strangers in Bradenton early Thursday morning, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
The victim was walking north on 14th Street West at 2:20 a.m. and started cutting through the BP parking lot at 5942 14th Street West, according to a release. Three people in a car waved her over and she agreed to enter the vehicle, though she didn't know any of the suspects.
The suspects drove her to the 5200 block of 30th Street West and the person in the back seat sprayed her in the face with pepper spray, according to deputies. They took her belongings, kicked her out of the car and drove away.
The victim went to the rear of a nearby residence and called for help while using a hose to rinse off, deputies said. She was taken to the hospital, treated and released.