Suspect uses toy gun in attemped mugging in Manatee

MANATEE — Someone used a toy gun to try to rob a man and woman late Sunday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The couple were in the driveway of the woman's home in the 5200 block of 31st Street Court East, about 9:45 p.m. when the suspect pointed what looked like a gun at the woman and demanded her purse, according to a news release. They also pointed the gun at the man and told him not to move.

The suspect tried to grab the woman's purse, but she resisted. The woman was hit in the ribs and head by the suspect, who then fled in a dark colored vehicle. The suspect did not get anything. The woman was not injured, according to the sheriff's office.

The weapon turned out to be a toy gun, the release states.

The victims were not certain of the gender or race of the suspect, according to the news release.