Contact Us

Was an Accused Knife-Wielding Robber Sleep(walk)ing On the Job?

Winston Riley
Connecticut Department of Corrections

A Connecticut man arrested for attempting to rob a woman at knifepoint a while back has come up with an interesting defense — he says he was sleepwalking at the time. We’ve heard of sleep-eating before, but sleep-robbing? That’s a new one.

According to reports, 27-year-old Winston Riley flashed a knife and attempted to steal an 81-year-old woman’s purse in a parking garage elevator at the Mohegan Sun casino. The woman resisted and Riley fled the scene.

However, Riley told his lawyer, Nicholas D’Amato, that he was sleepwalking at the time and was startled awake during the altercation. He ran, he said, because he was confused and frightened.

D’Amato is now preparing a medical defense for Riley, who has reportedly been sleepwalking ever since he was a child. “It is the first time we’ve encountered this,” he said. “This is a legitimate medical condition.”

What’s more, D’Amato said his client had no motive for the robbery. “Here’s a guy who’s 27-years-old, no criminal record, married,” he said. “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.”

What do you think? Was Riley really sleepwalking? (He does look a little sleepy in his mugshot.) Or is this just a lame excuse?

Best of Mix 94.1

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for MIX VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive MIX VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.