Gunman robs Wendy's restaurant in Ellenton

MANATEE -- A gunman robbed the manager of the Wendy's restaurant in Ellenton as she was heading to her car early Monday after closing the eatery, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

At gunpoint, the suspect forced the woman back into the restaurant at about 2:17 a.m. .He forced her to place rolled coins and loose change into his backpack. He also fled with her purse, according to the sheriff's office.

The suspect was described being in his late teens or early 20s. He was clean shaven and wearing a hooded black raincoat-style jacket. He also was carrying a dark backpack.

The restaurant is located at 5904 20th St. E.