BRADENTON, Fla. - The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says they are looking for two Hispanic males and one Hispanic female in connection with an armed robbery at a Bradenton Wal-Mart located at 2911 53rd Avenue East.
Deputies say it happened around 11:30 last night as the victim, Marcelo Fierro, 24 of Wimauma, walked out of the Wal-Mart after shopping. The victim says a Hispanic woman, wearing a blonde wig, pulled up in a dark colored Expedition with Texas tags asking the man for directions. When he walked up to the car, the victim says two Hispanic men with assault rifles accosted him, stole his keys and his car, and shoved him into the Expedition.
They then drove to the back of a Sam's Club across the street from Walmart and made the man strip to his underwear. According to the incident report, the suspects forced the man back into the car and drove about four to five miles to the 3900 block of 26th Avenue East.
That's when the victim says he flagged down someone driving by and called 911.
The victim had a small knot on his head according to the incident report, seemingly from the altercation, but did not go to the hospital.
"They're using a female, it appears, to lure the victim," says Dave Bristow with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
While the investigation is ongoing, Bristow says there is reason to believe that this is no isolated incident.
"They're looking for specific people that they are targeting," says Bristow.
He says a very similar incident happened last week at a Bradenton bar located at 3415 43rd Terrace East. The only difference, there were five suspects and two victims.
"Were looking at this incident and whether or not its related to an incident that happened one week ago and it certainly looks like it is," says Bristow.