Wife of Violent Purse Snatching Suspect Said He’s Innocent

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    Antoine Walton is accused of a violent purse snatching.

    The wife of the Waterbury man who was charged in what police call a “violent purse snatching” that sent an elderly woman to the hospital claims her husband is innocent.

    Melissa Haynes said her husband, Antoine Walton, 26, was not behind a purse snatching on Saturday outside the Rite Aid on Fairfield Avenue.

    “Everything being said, everything being told ... is not … truthful,” Haynes said.

    Capt. Chris Corbett, of the Waterbury Police Department, said a 73-year-old woman was walking outside the store when the man grabbed her purse, knocking her to the ground.

    When a Rite Aid store manager tried to intervene, the man threatened he had a gun, but the manager continued to chase him and it wasn’t long before police arrested Walton, police said.

    The 72-year-old victim suffered some injuries in the attack, was treated at a local hospital and has been released. 

    Haynes said her husband is being falsely accused and was somewhere else when the crime happened.

    “He was with his friend. They were just walking around,” she said.

    However, police said that alibi didn’t check out. They arrested Walton and charged him with robbery, assault and larceny.

    Meantime, Walton’s wife is determined to prove her husband’s innocence.

    “I’m going to fight. I’ll do whatever it takes … to get my husband home,” Haynes said.

    Walton is due in court later this month.

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