Bicyclist assaulted and robbed in Palmetto

MANATEE — A bicyclist was assaulted and robbed early Sunday morning while riding in the 2500 block of U.S. 41 North near Palmetto, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The 43-year-old man was riding at about 2:50 a.m. when two men approached him from behind, hit him in the back of the head and knocked him off his bike. The attackers took $50 in cash and fled in an unknown direction, according to a news release.

The victim got back on his bicycle and notified law enforcement, who took him to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment of a bump on his head and a small cut under his left eye, according to the sheriff’s office.