A homeless man faces felony assault charges after striking a Port Chester man in the head in a botched robbery on Sunday, Port Chester police said.
The 33-year-old victim was leaving a friend's house on Traverse Avenue at 4:36 a.m. and headed on foot down Purdy Avenue when he was approached by 57-year-old Alonza Alston, Lt. James Ladeairous said.
The men began arguing when Alston demanded money and the victim told him he wasn't carrying any cash. The victim turned to leave and began to walk away when he was struck on the top of the head, opening a one-inch gash, Ladeairous said.
The victim was brought by ambulance to Greenwich Hospital, where he was treated in the emergency room and later released. His injury is not life-threatening.
The victim told police he didn't see the object Alonza allegedly used to strike him, and nothing turned up in a search of the area.
Officers responded to the scene after a caller reported the assault and quickly located the suspect. Alonza, who told police he is homeless, was charged with second-degree assault, a felony. He was arraigned on Monday morning and sent to Westchester County Jail without bail.
Correction: A street name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story. The error has been corrected.
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