MANATEE -- Two men were pistol-whipped and robbed late Tuesday by two masked gunmen while standing in front of their residence in the 600 block of 60th Avenue Drive East, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
The victims were approached by the two suspects about 11:17 p.m. The gunmen went to the first victim, a 43-year-old man, and demanded his money. The man handed over his wallet and cell phone, and then one of the assailants struck the victim twice in the head with the butt of a handgun, according to the sheriff's office.
The second victim, a 32-year-old man, said he did not have any money, and he was struck with the butt of a gun.
The suspects then fled to the west and were not located. They were described as wearing ski masks and carrying black pistols, according to the sheriff's office.
The older victim was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment, but the younger man refused treatment.
The description of the suspects was similar to that of the assailants n a home invasion robbery that happened a few hours later in the 5800 block of Seventh Street East.
Manatee County Sheriff'sOffice spokesman Dave Bristow said detectives were investigating whether the robberies were connected.
Anyone with any information about either case can contact the sheriff’s office at 747-3011 or remain anonymous and possibly become eligible for a cash reward by calling Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).