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Man on bike reports being robbed by four

MANATEE — A Palmetto man told authorities four men robbed him early Sunday morning as he rode his bike.

The 41-year-old victim said that at 1 a.m., the four suspects stopped him in the 2100 block of Third Avenue East, Palmetto, and that one of the suspects asked him for a cigarette, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sean Felton wrote in a report.

When he reached into his pocket to grab a cigarette, one of the men pulled out a handgun and demanded the bike and a camcorder the victim had around his neck, according to the report.

The victim complied with the robbers and was not injured, the report states.

Shopping cart attack reported

MANATEE — A suspected shoplifter during the weekend shoved a shopping cart at a loss prevention officer in an attempt to get away.

The officer, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report, caught the female shoplifter stuffing small handbags into larger ones before attempting to leave the TJ Maxx on 14th Street West just before 1:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

On her way out, the officer confronted the woman, and she hit him with a shopping cart while trying to flee the store, the report continues.

The officer managed to detain the woman and she was arrested by sheriff’s deputies.

The report did not list the woman’s identity.

Reported spitter subdued

MANATEE — Deputies on Friday used a Taser on a man after he spit multiple times in a local business, refused to leave the establishment then resisted arrest.

According to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report, 38-year-old Lonnie McCall entered a convenience store in the 2300 block of U.S. 41 in Palmetto and began spitting on the floor and walls.

When the owner asked McCall to leave, he spit on the floor and walked outside. He then walked back in the store and spit on the floor again, according to the report.

A deputy on scene asked McCall to leave, but he refused. When the deputy attempted to arrest McCall, McCall pushed the deputy, “challenged” him, then tried to flee, according to the report. The deputy then subdued McCall, according to the report, and he fell to the ground and hit his head. He was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital to be treated for a head laceration, then transported to the Manatee County jail.

— Natalie Neysa Alund

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