Resident pistol-whipped in Manatee home invasion robbery

MANATEE -- A man was pistol-whipped during a home invasion robbery in southern Manatee County early Friday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The victim was lying in bed on the second floor of his condo in the 4400 block of Sandner Driver about 2 a.m., when he noticed a light from downstairs, according to a news release.

At first, the man thought his brother or his mother were downstairs.

But a short time later, three intruders came into his room, and one of them pointed a gun at him, demanding, "Where's the cash at?" the report states.

When the victim did not answer, the gunman said, "I'm about to kill him," then struck him in the head with the gun, according to the report. The victim then pointed to a small safe on the floor and told him the cash was inside, according to the sheriff's office.

The suspects took the safe, as well as two laptop computers, and then fled out the back door.

The victim telephoned his brother and waited about 20 minutes for his brother to get home before calling authorities, according to the report.

Two of the suspects were described as wearing all black clothing, and one of them had a black T-shirt over his face. A description of the third suspect was not provided, according to the report.

The robbery occurred at the Hidden Hollow Condos on Sandner Drive, which is in southern Manatee County, northwest off the intersection of Lockwood Ridge and Tallevast roads.