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Man robbed in Manatee County after accepting early morning ride from strangers

MANATEE — A man was robbed by the man he accepted a ride home from about 2:35 a.m. Saturday, according to the Manatee Sheriff’s Office.

The 30-year-old victim was walking home from El Paisano night club when a man and two women offered him a ride near the 5900 block of 15th Street East, according to the news release.

The man drove the car to the 1400 block of 61st Avenue East, got out and pulled the victim from the car, punched him in the face twice and robbed him of an undisclosed amount of cash. The man then got back into the car and drove off.

The robber is described as a man with short hair, weighing about 230 pounds and wearing a black tank top and blue jeans.