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Lawyer Says Suspect Was Sleepwalking During Failed Purse Snatching at Casino

Posted Jun 8, 2012 7:00 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Connecticut man accused of trying to rob an 81-year-old woman in a casino elevator was sleepwalking at the time, his lawyer says.

Winston Riley of Bridgeport has a history of sleepwalking, according to lawyer Nicholas D’Amato. He tells the Norwich Bulletin that Riley was awakened by the woman and he fled in confusion and fright.

Riley, 27, is accused of flashing a knife and trying to cut loose the woman’s purse, the story says. The woman pushed the suspect away.

“I told the judge and prosecutor, ‘Here’s a guy who’s [27], no criminal record, married,’ ” D’Amato told the newspaper. “ ‘Do you honestly think he woke up one morning, drove across the state and decided to rob a woman’ ” in a place full of security cameras? “It doesn’t make sense if you think about it rationally.”

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