Crime

Man carjacked in Manatee while at car wash

MANATEE — A man cleaning a rental vehicle was carjacked at a Samoset car wash early this morning, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The man was vacuuming the interior of the car at Samoset Car Wash, 3316 15th St. E., about 4 a.m. when the suspects, including one brandishing a gun approach. A news release did not detail how many suspects there were.

They told the victim to step away, and they got in the car and drove away eastbound on 38th Avenue East. The victim had to walk home to call 911, which caused about 30 to 40-minute delay in reporting the carjacking, according to the sheriff's office..

The news release did not provide a description of the vehicle.

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