MANATEE -- A woman who was walking home early Thursday was threatened with a firearm and robbed of her purse, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
The victim was walking home from a friend's house at Highland's Apartments at 2:30 a.m. Thursday when a van pulled up next to her in the 200 block of 21st Street East in Palmetto, according to a release.
The man in the light blue vehicle offered to give her a ride home and the victim got in the car, deputies said. He then brandished a firearm and told the woman to get out but leave her purse.
The woman did not suffer any injuries as a result of the incident. Patrol units surrounded the area but never found the suspect, who was described as a 38- to 40-year-old man with blonde hair and blue eyes.