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Car Crash Leads to Robbery Arrests

Larry Hamilton of Baltimore and Norwalk residents Dwayne Hines and James Thompson were involved in a minor accident early Sunday. They didn't cause the crash, although they were arrested later — but on robbery charges.

Norwalk police responded to a 911 call about a motor vehicle accident at 731 West Ave., the location of the Rhythm nightclub. When police arrived, they found no sign of an accident. But a witness reported that three men were forcing another man to withdraw money from an ATM. The officers spotted three men surrounding another man at an ATM.

The man withdrawing the money had reported the accident to police. He had backed into the car carrying the other three at 12:10 a.m. Before getting out of his own car, he called 911. When he got out, Hamilton, Hines and Thompson were not interested in seeing his driver's license or proof of insurance, they just wanted money as compensation.

The driver, who limps and has slurred speech because of an injury, felt "very intimidated" by the "aggressive manner" of the three men. Afraid that the police wouldn't arrive, he agreed to take out $400.

"He believed he was being strong-armed," Sgt. Lisa Cotto said. "If the police were a no show he didn't know what would happen." Hamilton, Hines and Thompson were each charged with robbery and conspiracy. Bond was set at $5,000 for each.

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