A 69-year-old man suffered a broken leg this morning after a man tried to rob him and then threw him and his bike to the ground when he didn't get any money, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's report.
Harry Hayward, who lives in the Palma Sola Harbour condos, was taken by Emergency Medical Services to Blake Hopsital where he is being treated for a broken leg.
According to the sheriff's report:
Hayward was riding his bike west bound on Cortez Road around 10 a.m. today when he was approached by a man who asked him for money. Hayward did not give the suspect any money and rode his bike home.
The suspect followed Hayward as he rode home to the Palma Sola Harbour condos where he lived. The suspect was riding in an older white Dodge 4-door car with oxidized paint and missing hub caps.
Once they got to the condominium project, the suspect got out of the car and went up to Hayward and again asked him for money. When Hayward told the suspect he didn't have any money, the suspect shoved Harry off the bike and on to the ground.
Hayward yelled for help as the suspect jumped back into the car being driven by a woman. The pair quickly drove off headed toward Cortez Road.
Anyone with information about the assault may contact the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.