Accused mugger says he was sleepwalking when he pulled a knife on woman

POSTED: Friday, June 8, 2012 - 12:15pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 8, 2012 - 12:19pm

A Connecticut man claims he was sleepwalking when he pulled out a knife and tried to take a woman's purse in a casino elevator.

Police later arrested Winston Riley of Bridgeport for the crime.

Court papers reveal Riley admitted to police he did pull a knife on the woman.

"He said that he did not know why he did it. He had a momentary lapse of judgment," according to the report.

Riley has sleepwalked before, according to his lawyer, who hopes he can use Riley's medical history to convince a courtroom he woke up only when the woman tried to stop him from taking her purse.

He has no previous criminal record.

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