Manatee man stabbed 9 times walking home

MANATEE — A 25-year-old man was walking home when a stranger approached him and jumped on his back from behind, stabbing him nine times, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

The man was walking south on Ninth Street East from Winn Dixie, 1010 53rd Ave. E., when he was attacked at about 10 p.m. Friday. The man was able to break free and make it home. His friends told him he was bleeding and drove him to Manatee Memorial Hospital, according to the report.

Medical personnel found nine puncture wounds. A suspect description and a condition of the man was not listed in the report.

Anyone with any information about the attack can contact the sheriff’s office at 747-3011 or remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).