Man injured in Bradenton home invasion

MANATEE — A 41-year-old man was injured during a home invasion robbery at his Bradenton residence early Tuesday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

About 1 a.m., the victim had almost fallen asleep when he heard noises outside of his home in the 6700 block of Washington Place, in the Bayshore Gardens neighborhood. He looked through the peephole of his front door and saw two men, one armed with a rifle, the other with a crowbar, trying to break in, according to a news release.

The victim opened the door and the intruders entered. The victim was trying to take the crowbar, when he was struck by the rifle, leaving a laceration to the back of his head, according to the report.