One injured after man demands drugs

MANATEE -- A 37-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he became violent on a search for drugs, the sheriff’s office reports.

Paul Brown pulled up to the 2800 block of Sixth Street East at about 3:30 p.m. with his keys in one hand and a wad of cash in the other and headed straight to a 27-year-old man who was standing in his front yard, a report said.

The victim said Brown was “acting crazy” and kept asking for heroin despite being told repeatedly by the victim that he doesn’t do drugs. Brown then took off his shirt, and acted like he wanted to fight the victim before walking across the street and banging on the front door of an apartment, according to the report.

When a 24-year-old woman opened the door, Brown pushed his way in and began yelling that he wanted drugs, the report said. That’s when a 29-year-old man, also inside the apartment, was grabbed by Brown and pushed against the door.

The female victim was also pushed into a table where a glass bowl broke and sliced her thigh, the report said.

Brown then ran off after he saw another man come out of the apartment.

Brown was arrested at about 5:30 p.m. at the RaceTrac gas station in the 1200 block of First Street, the release said.

The injured female was taken to an area hospital, where she received four stitches.