MANATEE — A 61-year-old man told deputies he was robbed by an ex-jail cellmate he had been drinking with, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim said the suspect awakened him about 3:42 a.m. Thursday by putting his forearm across his throat, pointing what looked like a gun to his eye and demanding money, according to a news release.
The suspect then fled with the victim’s wallet, which held about $280.
The robbery happened in a trailer in the 2800 block of 17th Street West. The suspect was last seen fleeing toward 14th Street West, according to the sheriff’s office.
Sarasota sheriff searches for shooting witnesses
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County Sher- iff’s Office is searching for witnesses after a man allegedly shot him- self at a convenience store just south of Uni- versity Parkway, accord- ing to a released state- ment.
The shooting took place at 6:15 a.m. Thursday at 7-Eleven, 5420 N. Lockwood Ridge Road.
Detectives are searching for customers who witnessed the incident.
Anyone with any information can contact the sheriff’s office at (941) 861-4939.
— Marc Masferrer and Beth Burger