Man escapes robbery try in Bradenton

MANATEE -- A man escaped an attempted robbery in Bradenton late Thursday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The man was walking west in the 1000 block of 59th Avenue Drive East about 11:20 p.m., when he heard a vehicle behind him. He turned around and saw a man armed with a handgun who ordered him to "give it up," a news release states.

The victim took off running and heard a pop that may have been a gunshot. The vehicle, described as a green Mercury SUV, was last seen going east on 59th Avenue Drive East, according to the report.

The victim was not injured, and deputies did not find any bullet holes or brass, according to the sheriff's office.