I Was Sleep Cheating

Posted: June 23, 2012 in crime, disorder

A guy in Connecticut has a serious problem with sleepwalking. So serious that he’s been accused of robbing a woman at knife point… while he was asleep. At least that’s what Winston Riley says.

The 27 year old’s family claims that he’s had issues with sleepwalking since he was a boy. The crime does seem odd being that he robbed the woman in the elevator of the Mohegan Sun Casino. There are more cameras in that place than a Victoria’s Secrets runway shoot. Why rob a person in a place full of cameras unless you really didn’t know you were doing it?  Stranger things have happened, I guess.  Riley does not have a criminal record, so it would seem like an odd place to start.  After the robbery, Riley said the woman’s screaming woke him. The police don’t buy the excuse because they say that Riley confessed to the crime when he was apprehended.  I may have to follow the trial of this case to see how things turn out.

Two years ago, a man in Colorado woke up to a loud “bang” only to realize that he’d shot himself in the knee.  People are on record for doing some odd things when they’re asleep.  At night, my father used to push the couch in the front of the door because as a child, I’d sleepwalk outside and sit on the back of the car.  That resorted in him waking up some mornings and finding me asleep on that couch since I wasn’t strong enough to push it away from the door.

Is a person responsible for creating a criminal act while they’re asleep? Is that a valid defense? If so, can you use it on anything? “Aw, baby, don’t get upset. I was sleep cheating. You know I wouldn’t have slept with her had I been awake.”

“Honey, I gained six pounds because I was sleep eating.”

 What sleepwalking excuse would you use to get out of a bad situation?
  1. Melanie says:

    Wow. I was just upset because I am positive that I sleep eat.

  2. Thank, Q says:

    I think that could be my problem, too, Melanie… along with awake eating. 🙂

  3. Vinny C says:

    Be very afraid of someone falling asleep at their desk at work who is prone to this.

  4. Thank, Q says:

    LOL! Yeah, I could see that being a work hazard.

  5. I've always thought it'd be great to have a work version of "blackout drunk". Maybe learn to sleep-work?

  6. I've always thought it'd be great to have a work version of "blackout drunk". Maybe learn to sleep-work?

  7. I've never spoken, walked, eaten, or done anything but dream in my sleep. I would be incredibly freaked out to learn I'd done any of those things LET ALONE shoot myself, commit crimes, etc. I'm not sure that sleep is an acceptable excuse. If you know it's a problem get special locks or medicate yourself so that you sleep deeper…hell get some help. That's some scary stuff.

  8. Thank, Q says:

    If you medicate yourself, you may not wake up as you're doing it. It would be messed up to finally wake up while curled up into a nice, comfortable ball on the freeway.

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