Palmetto man beaten, robbed of cell phone and jacket

MANATEE -- A 23-year old Palmetto man lost his cell phone and jacket during a strong arm robbery but was uninjured, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The victim was in the parking lot of a business in the 2300 block of U.S. 41 North, Palmetto, about 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31 when a red Dodge Charger pulled up.

Three males in their 20s got out of the vehicle and grabbed the victim by his arm. They started yelling to him about someone's "baby's momma."

One of the men acted like he was trying to pull something out of his pocket and the victim pulled away. At the same time the victim's cell phone rang and he took it out of his pocket. The three attackers began to hit the victim and took his cell phone and his jacket.