Bradenton couple hurt in an apparent home invasion

BRADENTON - Law enforcement officials this afternoon were looking for a suspect in the beating of a Bradenton couple during an apparent home invasion robbery.

About 12:30 p.m., the suspect entered a residence in the 200 block of 32nd Street Northwest, near Riverview Boulevard and beat the residents, said Manatee County Public Safety Capt. Larry Leinhauser. The victims were taken to Blake Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

The burglar fled the residence on foot, police said. Neighbors said the victims were bound and gagged.

Law enforcement was using police dogs and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office helicopter to search for a suspects.

The burglar was described as wearing dark clothing and a black mask.

Manatee County School Officials placed Miller Elementary, 4201 Manatee Ave. W., on lockdown for about 45 minutes, but students were allowed to leave at the normal time this afternoon, said schools spokeswoman Margi Nanney.

Anyone having information about this incident can call Bradenton police detective James Curulla at (941)-932-9311 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous eTip thru the web at