Crime

Manatee victim says after night of drinking, ex-cell mate robbed him

MANATEE - A 61-year-old man told deputies he was robbed by an ex-jail cell mate 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. this morning 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 towards 14th Street West, according to the sheriff's office.

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