Police: Man arrested for attempted robbery outside Darien taco shop

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The Darien Police Department at 25 Hecker Ave.

The Darien Police Department at 25 Hecker Ave.

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DARIEN — A Bridgeport man was arrested Sunday for allegedly attempting to rob a woman outside the Bodega Taco Bar, police said.

Joseph Riley, 41, was charged with criminal attempt at third-degree robbery. While under arrest for this charge, police said officers found there was a warrant for his arrest for violation of probation for which he was also held.

Officers responded to a report of an attempted robbery around 10 p.m. at the Bodega Taco Bar, on Post Road.

The victim told officers a Black male wearing a gray sweatshirt approached her and demanded money as she walked through the parking lot behind the restaurant. She told police that when she declined, the suspect attempted to take the victim’s purse.

“Two witnesses gave officers a matching account of the events as described by the victim,” Darien Police Sgt. James Palmieri said. “Officers checking the area found an individual, identified as Joseph Riley, matching the description given.”

Palmieri said that Riley admitted to having an interaction with the victim about money.

Riley was held on $50,000 bond in connection with the violation of probation warrant and an additional $100,000 for the attempted robbery. His next court is scheduled for July.