Woman suffers injuries in strong-arm robbery

MANATEE -- First she was "hanging out" with another woman, then she was being attacked and robbed by her, a woman told Manatee County Sheriff's investigators.

The strong-armed robbery took place 11 p.m. Monday in a field near the 1000 block of 40th Avenue East, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.

The victim said the other woman suddenly attacked her and started to punch her in the face, taking her money.

The attacker fled in an unknown direction. The victim ran from 40th Avenue East and ended up on 38th Terrace East. She sustained minor a laceration to her face.

The victim was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital by EMS and placed under a Marchman Act due to her condition. Deputies unsuccessfully searched the area for the suspect.

The Marchman Act provides an individual in need of substance abuse services with emergency services and temporary detention for substance abuse evaluation and treatment when required, either on a voluntary or involuntary basis.