A Bridgeport man whose robbery attempt was thwarted by an 81-year-old casino patron was sleepwalking at the time of the crime, his defense attorney claims.
Winston A. Riley, 27, of Bridgeport, was arrested on March 18, two hours after Riley allegedly confronted a Mohegan Sun casino patron with a knife in a parking garage elevator. The two were alone in the elevator at 10:39 a.m. when the woman said Riley flashed a large knife and tried to grab the woman’s purse, police said.
The victim resisted, according to police, and pushed Riley away when he tried to cut the purse loose. Riley fled when the elevator door opened but was tracked by casino surveillance cameras, police said.
Riley, still held in lieu of bail, was in a New London courtroom Wednesday with defense attorney Nicholas D’Amato. Judge Patrick J. Clifford agreed to lower bail from $
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