Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Dave Daniels said the department is looking into persons of interest in the incident, which occurred about 8 p.m. March 13. He couldn’t publicly release more information on those people or possible leads since they could compromise the ongoing investigation.
Daniels said police are “still trying to identify the people from the video.”
After further investigation, police do believe the victim’s story — that he wasn’t involved in any dubious behavior at the time of the assault, Daniels said.
Daniels said the department took a precautionary approach to the case.
“You always have to look at things on both sides,” he said. “The evidence is leading to that, though. He seems to be telling the truth.”
The victim, whose name isn’t being released, said two men assaulted him near Stower Lane. He said the suspects took some items from him before stabbing him in the abdominal area. He then made his way to a nearby business to seek help. The victim was transported from there to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries and was released from the hospital by the evening of March 15.
Daniels said the victim seems to be doing “fine,” as the wounds “didn’t go through the abdominal wall.”
The victim said he went to the movie theater and was walking back toward the Casa Fiesta area, through the nearby open field when he was attacked, Daniels said. The victim had a movie ticket stub and the exact change from paying for the film with a $20 bill.
“The evidence points in that direction and it would take a lot of thought to set that up,” Daniels said. “Why would you plan a set-up like that and think you might get robbed? It wouldn’t really make sense. I don’t think he would do that.”
Police instead believe the victim was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, calling it a “crime of opportunity.” Daniels said witnesses confirmed seeing men who fit the victim’s description hanging around the area of the Casa Fiesta restaurant.
The victim, who is about 6-foot-1, described his suspected assailants as two black men who are taller than he is.
“He said one was a little taller than the other and had a ... muscular build,” Daniels said earlier. “The shorter one, he said, was thinner. And they were wearing darker clothing.”
Daniels said from where the suspects were seen, the men would have had an open view of the field — and anyone walking through it alone in the dark.
“Sometimes, you have those crimes of opportunity and it appears that’s what it was here,” he said.