SARASOTA -- A man struck one would-be robber in the groin at 7:08 p.m. Sunday and escaped another by fleeing from the intersection at 17th Street and Mango, according to a Sarasota County Sheriff's Office report.
The suspects were identified as two black males, one 6-foot tall wearing a gray short-sleeve shirt, blue pants and short hair. The second suspect was 5-10, wearing a black short-sleeve shirt, black pants and having short hair.
The suspects approached the victim as he was walking home from work at Wing House and came up behind him near the railroad tracks by Casey’s Auto.
They initially asked if he had any drugs, according to the report, and he replied he is not involved with drugs. The suspects then asked the victim if he had any money and he said the only money he had was to buy his daughter Christmas presents.
The victim said the suspects tried to take his cell phone but he believed he may have hit one in the groin area and pushed the other away before running east to a home in the 2500 block of 17th Street where he called 911.
A law enforcement search failed to locate the suspects.