Deputies: Homeless 61-year-old punched in face, $5 stolen from his pocket

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. - Authorities are investigating after a 61-year-old homeless man says two other homeless men beat him up and robbed him in Manatee County Tuesday night.

William Dobbins was sitting at a bus stop in front of the Sweetbay Supermarket on Cortez Road West when he was approached by the suspects.

Dobbins said he recognized them as the two homeless men who stayed at the BP station across the street.

The men began to attack Dobbins, striking him in the face with their fists, according to the Sheriff's Office report.

The victim said he was then thrown on the ground, causing an abrasion to his elbow. The men searched through Dobbins pockets and took $5 from him.

The men fled on foot in an unknown direction.

The victim was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital at his request.

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