Manatee bicyclist says he fought off robbers

MANATEE — A bicyclist reported fighting off two would-be robbers Sunday night, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The bicyclist told deputies he was riding in the 5600 block of 12th Street East around 8 p.m. when two male juveniles walked up to him and stopped his bike, according to a sheriff’s report.

One of them then punched the bicyclist in the chin while the other reached into the bicyclist’s pocket and took out an iPod. The bicyclist said he then knocked the iPod out of the suspect’s hand and fought both of them off.

The bicyclist then rode off and told his mother of the incident, then rode up to a deputy to report it, the report said.