EAST MANATEE -- Thieves targeted a sleeping homeless man in the 6500 block of State Road 64 East on Friday, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported.
The victim was using his back pack as a pillow when he suddenly awoke to his back pack being pulled away from his head. The victim saw the suspects fleeing west through the parking lot and gave chase.
Witnesses in the parking lot near the incident location assisted the victim in chasing the suspects.
As the suspects reached the 600 block of 65th Street east, they dropped the victim’s backpack.
The victim recovered his backpack and was not injured during the robbery.
The witnesses completed statements to investigating deputies.
The suspects were not located.