Masked assailant mugs woman in Bradenton

MANATEE -- A woman was mugged early Friday as she left her home for work in Bradenton, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 5:36 a.m., the victim was leaving her house in the 600 block of 26th Avenue West, when her assailant, who was wearing a mask and hooded sweatshirt, made a comment and grabbed her by the arm. When the woman tried to pull away, the attacker punched her twice in the face, knocking her to the ground, according to a report.

The suspect took the woman's purse, which contained $100 in cash and other items. Other possible suspect stood nearby, according to the sheriff's office.

The suspects then fled in an unknown direction, according to the sheriff's office.