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Three Charged in $1 Norwalk Robbery Attempt

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk teen reported being beaten this week in the attempted robbery of $1 behind the Avalon Gates apartment complex. Three people were arrested and charged in the incident.

Here is an account of what happened, according to the affidavit filed at Norwalk Superior Court:

The 18-year-old victim had a red face and was staggering and sweating when Norwalk police found him after being called at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. He said he had been walking toward Cross Street on the path that runs along the Norwalk River behind the complex. He saw a man and three women grouped around a bench and drinking, and he felt nervous but kept walking.

As he passed them, one of the women asked whether he had a dollar. He said no, and the men jumped up, demanded the dollar and then punched him in the face. The victim fell and one of the women kicked him. He got up and ran, but the man chased him. When he turned and tried to punch the man, he swung and missed and fell. He was hit again, ran and pulled out his phone and said he was calling police.

The group ran away.

Officers stopped Marzetta Williams, 23, of Willimantic, and Ashley Walls, 25, of 6 Nash Place, Norwalk, on Leonard Street. The victim identified Williams. Both women said they had been at a house near Jefferson Elementary School with the man involved. They had gone to a package store on Wall Street, bought alcohol and then went to the path to drink. Williams said they had been at a drug rehabilitation class earlier. Neither could say where the house was, but while they were being booked at police headquarters, Allan Lyle, 22, of 24 Cold Spring Road, Norwalk, was brought in by Special Services officers in connection to another case (not included in the affidavit). They identified him as the man who attacked the victim.

The three were charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Bond was set at $10,000 each. Lyle was charged with criminal trespass in the other case, with $5,000 bond.

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