MANATEE -- A 24-year-old man was mugged while walking through a parking lot of a Cortez Road business Thursday evening, according to the Manatee County Sheriffs' Office.
About 7:30 p.m., the man was walking through a parking lot in the 1800 block of Cortez Road when he saw two men loitering behind the business.
One of the men asked the victim for a cigarette, while the second man walked behind the victim, according to a news release.
The victim turned in an attempt to keep both men in front of him. The second man then punched the victim and grabbed him in a bear hug, and both men fell to the ground, according to the sheriff's office.
The victim felt one of the suspects reach into back pocket to take his wallet, which did not contain anything.
The suspects laughed at the victim and walked off, according to the report.
The victim waited five hours before reporting the mugging, the sheriff's office said.