Manatee man attacked in back yard while having a drink

MANATEE -- A Manatee County man suffered a two-inch gash to his forehead when someone struck him with a blunt object about 4 a.m. today, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported.

The 31-year-old victim told deputies he was drinking by himself in the back yard of his home in the 400 block of 60th Avenue Drive East when someone attacked him from behind.

When the victim turned to see who was there, the suspect struck him in the head with an unknown blunt object, knocking him to the ground. The wound required stitches to close.

The attacker asked to have the victim's money as he searched through his pockets. Nothing was taken. The suspect then ran away.

The attacker was described as a male in his 20s, standing about 5-foot-6 and weighing 150 pounds. He wore short dreads, and all-black clothing.