3 boys charged with hitting man with hammer in Manatee

MANATEE — Three boys were taken into custody, accused of hitting a 60-year-old Wal-Mart employee in the head with a hammer.

According to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report, the three youths followed the man at about 1:40 p.m. Monday as he picked up shopping carts in the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2911 53rd Ave. E.

When they got close enough, the boys hit the man in the back of the head with a hammer.

An investigating deputy found the three juveniles at Advance Auto Parts, 3103 53rd Ave. E., and took them into custody.