A US, Connecticut man identified as Winston A. Riley, 27, who stands accused of robbing an 81-year-old woman outside a casino at knife point is claiming that he was ‘sleepwalking’ and remembers nothing about the alleged robbery.
His lawyer says he will enter a “medical defense” for his client, Riley.
The suspected ‘sleepwalking robber’ was arrested back on the morning of March 18 when the elderly woman said he pulled a large knife on her and demanded her purse while the two were riding a parking garage elevator at the Mohegan Sun casino in New London.
Riley claims he was “awakened” by the woman after she fled from the elevator. His lawyer, Nicholas D’Amato, claims to have confirmed with Riley’s family that his client has had problems with sleepwalking since he was a child.
“It is the first time we’ve encountered this,” D’Amato said. “This is a legitimate medical condition.”
However, police claim Riley confessed to the crime after he was arrested, telling them he “just wanted some money.”
D’Amato disputes that claim, pointing out that Riley is a family man with no prior criminal record.
Interestingly, the police report also notes that Riley could not recall why he had allegedly tried to rob the woman and said he became “scared and ran away” after she resisted him.