Everything started out normal.
"I had fixed his lunch and I laid back down," said the victim's girlfriend.
But seconds after leaving for work, everything changed.
"I just heard him tussling and I heard him scream for help in Spanish," she said.
It happened just after 6 a.m. outside of the City Walk Apartments on 5th Street West in Bradenton.
"From this point, he was hit in the back in the head, he turns around and sees the suspect pointing a black handgun in his face," said Lt.James Racky.
Adrenaline and instinct took over and as the victim fought for the gun. A pair of handcuffs fell out the female suspect's pocket, and by this time, his girlfriend had joined the fight.
"I said, ‘you know what, you're going down,' and I pushed her down and I put my foot on the handcuffs and my hand in her hair," she said.
The handcuffs came in handy, and so did a nearby light pole.
"It is not something you see every day, but it's something that does not surprise me," said Lt. Racky.
The Bradenton Police department showed up to find Duste Bryant cuffed to the pole and dressed for a sneak attack.
"She was dressed in all black she actually had two sets of gloves on plastic gloves and she had blue gloves on over the plastic she had a hood on with the eyes cut out and the mouth cut out so you couldn't see her neck. Her face was painted black," said Lt. Racky.
The victim was so shaken by the attack, he didn't want to be shown on TV. He is not sure why he was targeted.
But Bradenton police said it may be a case of mistaken identity.
"Her story is that she was here to buy drugs, but we've got no history of narcotics, nothing criminal at all with the victim's past," said Lt. Racky.
Officers said Bryant has been arrested more than 30 times. She is being charged with aggravated battery and assault with a weapon, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.
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