MANATEE -- Deputies are looking for a man they say choked an 84-year-old man until he passed out and robbed him of his wallet, jewelry and cell phone, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
About 8:30 a.m. Thursday, the suspect went to the victim's home in the 1600 block of Bayshore Gardens Parkway, for advance payment for some yard work he was going to do for the man, according to a news release.
When the victim said he didn't have any cash, the suspect grabbed the victim by the neck and started choking him, deputies said.
"The victim passed out and when he came to, he was on the floor and the suspect was gone," the sheriff's office said.
The victim, who had minor scratches, reported that his watch, two gold nugget rings, wallet and cell phone were missing, according to the report.
"The suspect is known to the victim because the suspect does yard work for the victim," the sheriff's office said. "Patrol deputies responded to suspect's residence, but he was not there."