MANATEE -- A 31-year-old Manatee man reported he was beaten and robbed at 6 p.m. Thursday in the 5200 block of 14th Street West, Bradenton, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
The victim said he was behind the Starbucks in the woods at 53rd Avenue West and 14th Street West when men approached, one pulling and demanding money. The victim gave them $22 and told them he had no more.
The three suspects began to hit him and tried to shoot him, but the gun failed to fire. The victim sustained a laceration to the back of the head and was taken by emergency medical services for treatment.