Saturday, July 23, 2011

Manatee ice cream vendor robbed

MANATEE -- An ice cream cart vendor was robbed Saturday afternoon at gunpoint, the sheriff’s office reports.

The 53-year-old was pushing his cart westbound on 60th Avenue East at about 4 p.m. when he was approached by two suspects, a media release said. One of the suspects held a gun to the victim as they took $150 and a cellphone from his pockets.

A 26-year-old man who was driving in the area attempted to stop the suspects, but they pointed a gun at him as well, the release said. The suspects then fled southbound on Fifth Street West.

There were no injuries and no shots fired.

Both suspects are described as 5 feet 10 inches tall to 6 feet with a thin build and short hair. One of them was last seen wearing black-and-white shorts with a black shirt, and the other was seen wearing jeans and a black shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (941) 747-3011.

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