A group of women who were walking from the Black Bear Saloon to the South Norwalk train station early Sunday thought a man they met along the way was harmless and engaged him in conversation. But a short while later, he stole a purse from one of them and fled.
The women met the man on the corner in front of the Norwalk Police headquarters. He kept walking behind them. They told police they thought nothing of it and kept talking to him. One of the women, a 21-year-old, fell behind the others. The man grabbed her black Coach bag as they were just east of the railroad bridge, at the bottom of the access road. He ran east and then turned left up Chestnut Street.
The robber was described as a 40- to 50-year-old black man with a goatee, 150 to 170 pounds, 6 feet tall and wearing a black jacket.
The bag was worth $100. It contained her dorm key worth $30, her BlackBerry smartphone and a Bank of America debit card. The women tried calling the cell phone; it rang but no one answered.
Metro-North Railroad gave the group a courtesy ride to Fairfield.
Follow The Daily Norwalk on Facebook.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.