A Washington Village teenager identified a 20-year-old Norwalk man as the person who snatched an iPhone 5 out of his hand at the housing complex last Wednesday, according to police, who arrested the man on a warrant.
Norwalk police gave this account (an accusation not proven in court) of the incident and investigation:
Shortly before 8:37 p.m., the 17-year-old was with a friend in Washington Village when a man later identified as Tryreace Victor of 6 Pleasant St. came up to him, grabbed the phone and fled.
The victim followed him to a large group of adults, where Victor, known to the victim as "Trey," threatened to punch him and taunted him, he told police, with words to the effect of What are you going to do? You're being robbed.
The victim said he knew the robber was often with a person who rides a skateboard around Washington Village, and he provided police with a description of that person.
Police had the victim look through a photo lineup, and he immediately picked out Victor as the robber. Police applied for and received a search warrant, and on Tuesday found Victor.
Victor was charged with third-degree robbery and fifth-degree larceny. He was held on $25,000 bond pending a Sept. 6 appearance in state Superior Court in Norwalk.